Pearcey, Mary Eleanor (1866–1890)

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Pearcey, Mary Eleanor (1866–1890)

English murderer. Born 1866; hanged Dec 23, 1890, in England.

Fell in love with a married furniture mover named Frank Hogg; murdered his wife Phoebe and his 18-month-old daughter (Oct 1890); as police searched her house for evidence—finding broken glass, bloodstains, 2 bloody knives and a chopper—played the piano while maintaining that blood had come from mice she had killed; tried at Old Bailey and condemned to death (Dec 1890); maintained innocence until the very end.