Britain’s First Serial Killer – Mary Ann Cotton

We welcome back forensic investigator Ian Gillard.  This evening his presentation is entitled “Mary Ann Cotton”  

We look forward to hearing  Ian’s specialist forensic review of this particularly gruesome series of Victorian murders.

Mary Ann Cotton
Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton (born Mary Ann Robson; 31 October 1832 – 24 March 1873) was an English murderer, convicted and hanged for killing three of her four husbands, apparently in order to collect on their insurance policies. She may have had as many as 21 victims, including eleven of her thirteen children. She chiefly used arsenic poisoning, which caused severe gastric pain and rapid decline of health.

We thank Ian for another really interesting presentation – All present enjoyed listening to this grisly story. As always, Ian’s thorough research into the subject left no stone unturned!

DNA in Crime Detection

Club members will remember Ian’s last presentation to the club where he considered the development and techniques of fingerprints in the world of crime detection. We look forward to his latest talk showing how DNA can further assist the forensic scientist.


Another really interesting presentation from Ian, this evening he discussed the truly fascinating subject of DNA and its use in forensic science. Following his presentation, Ian succinctly answered the many questions that were asked by members and guests. A most enjoyable evening.

Ian Gillard: Fingerprints

A very interesting evening – Ian certainly knows his stuff! – His demonstrations illustrating the practical applications and theory of fingerpints as a forensic tool had everyone present thoroughly engrossed! A super evening.