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Friends of Innerpeffray Library Talk by Donald Findlay QC

She is one of the most notorious figures from Scotland’s criminal past, and he is one of the country’s most renowned lawyers of modern times.Together, Madeleine Smith and Donald Findlay, QC, make a potent mix, which has already raised significant sums for deserving charities.
Mr Findlay has developed a one-man show, “Madeleine Smith – did she or did she not?”, based on the 1857 trial of Smith for the murder, by arsenic poisoning, of her lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier.Controversy still rages over the jury’s not proven verdict which allowed Smith to walk free.
Mr Findlay has agreed to give a special performance of the show in aid of the Friends of Innerpeffray Library.  “The story of Madeleine Smith has all the ingredients of a classic Victorian melodrama,” he said.
“Would-be genteel Glasgow society; Victorian morality; the chaste maiden; the greedy villain who stole her virtue; death by poisoning; a dramatic High Court trial; a verdict which divided and still divides opinion; a subsequent and bizarre twist.  Did she do it?  As the mortal remains of Madeleine and Emile rest in their respective graves in America and Glasgow, they know the answer.
“I believe I too know the answer. “

Drinks at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm.

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Event Date:
Wednesday 9th October, 2019
Event Time:
7:00 pm
Event Location:
Morrison's Academy Memorial Hall
£5 for FOIL members, £10 for non members. Tickets from FOIL, or on the door on the night.
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