The Life and Crimes of William Palmer

ITV (ended 1998)


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  • Season 1
    • Part Two
      Part Two
      Episode 2
      The Palmer's fifth child is murdered by it's father shortly after it's birth. Palmer intercepts mail implicating him in forging of bills. Soon, with cholera spreading fast, Annie falls ill and Palmer takes care of her but she soon dies a week later. On the night of her funeral, Palmer begins sleeping with his maid Eliza. As his debts and desperation increase, Palmer starts to insure his family's lives but soon the authorities finally catch up with him...moreless
    • Part One
      Part One
      Episode 1
      A young medical student, William Palmer, qualifies as a medical doctor and challenges George Abley to a drinking game and wins by causing the other man's death. The following year, Palmer has married a woman called Annie but gambling debts begin to mount and Palmer sets his sights on murdering Annie's mother in an attempt to gain her inheritance. Through slowly poisoning Annie's mother and some luck from the local Doctor, Palmer successfully murders his mother in law but the promised inheritance is not as was to be believed. Palmer continues his killing spree by killing his racing colleague Mr Bladon the following year. The Palmer's second child dies aged only 10 weeks and a desperate Palmer selects his next wealthy victim. A third baby is soon born but then dies tragically. Annie soon becomes pregnant with another child. Scared for her life and that of her unborn child, Annie's fears are realised when Palmer poisons their next child as it is born. Palmer's worsening debt and behaviour affects Annie's mental wellbeing and she signs a policy insuring her life for £13,000...moreless