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The Priory Balham 
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In the Priory case Charles Bravo was poisoned but who by is still not clear - the three most likely people were his wife Florence Bravo, her maid Mrs Cox, or the local physician Dr. Gully. For a fascinating read, see James Ruddick's book Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England (London, Atlantic. 2001) about the sordid affair.
 
In short the relationship between Florence and Charles was less than ideal. Florence rebelled against Charles' sexual aggression and penchant for rough sex and sodomy very little as it was thought improper to do so at the time. Complicated further by her inability to produce a child for Charles and her previous affairs with Dr. Gully, the story is thick with whodunits that remain to this day. Conventional taste points to Florence poisoning her husband with the possible aid of Gully or Cox.
 
This series of carte de visites are pulled together from various sources. The overly retouched series (blue) were probably from courtroom appearances and made from drawings. The outdoor group shot was most certainly published during the trial from an earlier image. 
 
 
  

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