12 May 2022

Case #042 - The Timaru Poisonings

From Crimes NZ, 5:00 am on 12 May 2022

In 1886, as he sentenced Thomas Hall to life in prison for the attempted poisoning of his wife Kitty Hall, the presiding judge said: “You have achieved in the annals of crime the position of being the vilest criminal ever tried in New Zealand.”

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A pamphlet about the Hall poisoning outlines the key characters in this macabre case Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library Ref: PUBL-0155-front

Tom Hall was part of a rich and influential family in Timaru, but when he ran into financial troubles, his solution was to marry a rich wife, have a child with her and then kill her.

Peter Graham, author of Vile Crimes: the Timaru Poisonings recounts his discoveries of what might be New Zealand's first celebrity trial.


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