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In Sorrow Without Shame

One afternoon in February 1848, Annette Myers walked up behind her lover, the handsome Coldstream Guardsman Henry Ducker, in St. James Park London, and fired a pistol at his head. He died instantly. As he fell to the ground she tossed the pistol at his feet and walked away. She made no attempt to deny the crime… ‘I did it. I intended to do it. I have intended to do it for a long time’, she said. Undeniably guilty, she was sentenced to death.

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