There is one execution in Sydney's history that carries with it the shame of a nation, Louisa Collins was the first and last woman to be hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the act was so gruesome people are still talking about it today. But what crime sentenced her to that fate and was she guilty? Join me as we explore the woman, the myth, the gruesome legend, Louisa Collins. Please don't forget to rate / review / subscribe if you enjoyed the show!! Until next week, cin cin #Creeps! Please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you haven't yet! Youtube Video where I visit Darlinghurst - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXlLN6EoljQ&t=34s Youtube Video where I visit Hyde Park Barracks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYqqBAbMtjQ&t=21s Blog - https://www.macabremondays.com/blog Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/macabremondays/ Venmo donations - the @Malia-Miglino
The Trials of Louisa Collins ‘A Poison Crown' by Gina SchienFirst episode of DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney MorgueA 51 minute major production of a drama about woman tried four times, condemned and executed in the man's world of late nineteenth century Sydney, Australia. Women finally got the vote ten years after Louisa died.Louisa Collins was born near Scone in NSW. In 1865 she married the older, dependable Charles Andrews who moved his growing family to the swampy Sydney suburb of Botany in the early 1880s. He became a wool washer, a job that used chemicals such as arsenic. The family also took in lodgers like the handsome young Michael Collins.In 1886 when Andrews discovered that Collins and Louisa were lovers he evicted all the boarders. A month later he started getting terrible stomach pains. Louisa briskly organised his will and when Andrews died two days later she went straight into town to claim the money. Two months later she married Michael Collins. But they didn't prosper. In fact, Collins gambled away most of Louisa’s inheritance. In June 1888 he suffered the same mysterious, gut-wrenching symptoms as Andrews. Suspicion fell on Louisa even before Collins died. When arsenic was found in his body Louisa was arrested and Charles Andrews was exhumed. The tiny particle of arsenic the doctors found was enough. The police charged Louisa with two murders.The Collins case captured the public imagination. People packed the courthouse to watch the ‘Botany Borgia’ murder trials. Not one trial, but four. Louisa’s eventual death sentence sparked public satisfaction and public outrage. ‘A Poison Crown’ transports you to 19th-century Sydney and brings to life the characters who fought for and against Louisa’s appointment with the gallows.Producers: Stephen Carnell, Amanda Asquith, Mike DenglerWriter: Gina SchienDirector: Liviu MonstedSound Engineer: John HrescComposer: Luna PanCast: Jacqui Robson, Kyla Ward, Chris Miller, Stephen Donelan, Leof Kingsford Smith, Wendi Lanham, Alex Smith, Sandra Campbell, Liviu Monsted, Shaun Foley.
This month, we’re featuring mini episodes from the Female Criminals special series, “Black Widows.” Every day in June, Female Criminals is taking a closer look at the web of lies, deceit, and murder spun by some of history’s most deadly women: Today, we’re discussing Louisa Collins. In 1888, Collins was found guilty of murdering her second husband with rat poison. She’d previously stood trial for murder three times... For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Female Criminals on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode is part of our “Black Widows” series, where we detail how these female criminals lured their prey, and why they chose to kill. Tune every day this month for a new episode! Regular Female Criminals episodes will continue to run every Wednesday. Today, we’re discussing Louisa Collins. In 1888, Collins was found guilty of murdering her second husband with rat poison. She’d previously stood trial for murder three times... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices