By Betty Keller
On a foggy night in November 1905, 48-year-old Thomas Jackson lower back to his domestic on Melville road in Vancouver after 9 months of prospecting north of the Skeena. Jackson was once satisfied simply because he had made an incredible gold strike. 4 days later he was once lifeless from strychnine poisoning. Any of the opposite 4 humans residing in the home on Melville highway may have slipped the poison into the aggregate of Epsom salts and beer that Jackson took at the morning of his dying. journalists from Vancouver’s newspapers selected Jackson’s teary-eyed, fragile, 24-year-old spouse, Theresa, as their first selection for the responsible occasion. Then because the days glided by, their choice shifted to the lifeless man’s steely-eyed, light-fingered, American spouse's mother, Esther Jones. Suspicion additionally fell at the boarders—Esther’s nephew Harry Fisher and Ernest Exall. them all had the chance to plant the poison.
Eventually the police up at the newspapers’ revelations, an important being that Harry Fisher used to be now not Esther’s nephew yet her son. Fisher fled to Washington, and in his absence his mom and sister have been arrested—not for homicide yet for perjured testimony on the coroner’s inquest.
What used to be a chain of hearings and trials within the city’s courtrooms with fledgling attorneys attempting to make their names in strive against with the prestigious defence suggestions Joseph Martin, KC. even as the newspapers, that have been locked in a perilous flow warfare, attempted desperately to trump one another with juicy bits of knowledge, it all splashed on their entrance pages week after week. after all the 2 girls served time within the BC reformatory, yet not anyone used to be ever attempted for the homicide of Thomas Jackson.
Acclaimed author Betty Keller has established her sensational tale of homicide and intrigue on real occasions that happened in Vancouver’s pre-World battle I years.
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