Mason, Elizabeth (d. 1712)

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Mason, Elizabeth (d. 1712)

English murderer. Born at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England; hanged at Tyburn, June 18, 1712.

Lived in London with godmother Jane Scoles and a Mrs. Cholwell; thinking to inherit godmother's estate, poisoned Scoles with arsenic (Easter-week, 1712), but failed in 2 attempts to kill Cholwell; arrested for death of Scoles, to which she confessed on April 30; sentenced to death at her trial (1712).