A Most Mysterious Murder

Season 1 Episode 5

The Case of The Croydon Poisonings

Aired Unknown Dec 30, 2005 on BBC
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The Case of The Croydon Poisonings
Julian Fellowes investigates the unsolved murders of Violet Sidney and members of her family. In 1929, Violet, a relatively wealthy woman, died from arsenic poisoning. When two other exhumed bodies are examined, they reveal the same fate happened to them. What's more shocking is that all the dead people are related. Could it be the work of a serial killer or is someone closer to home responsible?moreless

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    • QUOTES (6)

      • Violet: It's the children I feel sorry for. And to think, he could have been saved if he'd only worn a hat.

      • Fellowes: And so Violet Sydney became the third member of her family to die within the year. At last the alarm bells were ringing, and not before time.

      • Fellowes: Despite the similarity to Edmund's death, the world accepted that the car starter handle had done for Vera. And a few days later, she was buried next to her unfortunate brother in law.

      • Fellowes: On the 27th of April 1928 Edmund Duff breathed his last.

      • Fellowes: At half past seven in the evening on the fifth of March 1929, Violet Sydney died in appalling agony.

      • Fellowes: This, (Indicating the house behind him) is 59 Birdhirst Rise in Croydon. In 1929, it was the home of a pretty widow, Grace Duffy and her three young children...an attractive lot; educated and amusing, good looking, well off. The last family in England, one might think, to lose three members of it through murder.

    • NOTES (4)

      • In an interview, Julian fellowes said that he had a particular soft spot for this episode because it is a very British murder.

      • The funeral sequences were shot in the churchyard in Croydon where the real bodies of the victims are buried.

      • This is the first time that writer /actress Jean Marsh has worked with actress Stella Gonet since the early 1990s. Marsh wrote the BBC drama The House of Eliott and Gonet played the lead Beatrice Eliott.

      • One of the Croydon locations used in this episode was a house that was there when two of the murders took place in Birdhurst Rise.

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