Mary Ann Ansell, 18, domestic servant, was indicted for the murder of her sister Caroline Ansell, a patient in Leavesden Asylum. The prisoner insured the life of the deceased for £22 10s. Early in the present year prisoner purchased several bottles of rat poison, saying that her mistress had sent her for it. On February 22nd deceased received by post a parcel containing tea and sugar, but when used they were found to have a bitter taste, and were thrown away. On February 24th deceased received a letter containing the false intelligence of the death of her father and mother, and purporting to be signed by a cousin, who, however, denied having sent it. On March 9th deceased received by post a jam sandwich, which she shared with two other inmates. All three were taken very ill, and Caroline Ansell died. The prisoner advised her father not to allow a post-mortem examination to be made, and, with his consent, wrote a letter in his name forbidding the examination. The prisoner's mistress denied having sent her for rat poison, or having used rat poison.
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