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Encyclopedia > Edith Alice Morrell

Edith Alice Morrell (?? ?? 1868 - 13 November 1949), was a resident of Eastbourne and patient of the suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams. November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Shown within East Sussex Geography Status: Borough Region: South East England Historic County: Sussex Admin. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... John Bodkin Adams, (January 21, 1899–July 4, 1983) was a general practitioner in Eastbourne cleared of murdering one of his patients. ...

Morrell suffered a brain thrombosis (a stroke), was partially paralyzed and had severe arthritis. In 1949 she had moved to Eastbourne, and came under Adams' supervision. He supplied her with doses of heroin and morphine to ease her symptoms of "cerebral irritation" and to help her sleep. Mrs Morrell made several wills. In some of them Adams received large sums of money or furniture — in others, he was not mentioned. On 24 August 1949 she added a clause saying that Adams would receive nothing. Three months later aged 81, she died from a stroke, according to Adams. Despite Morrell's clause, the doctor received a small amount from Morrell's £78,000 estate (less than one of her nurses received and much less than her chauffeur), a 1939 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (valued at £1,500) and an antique chest containing silver cutlery worth £276, which Adams had told her he admired. After Morrell's death, he also took away an infra-red lamp she had bought herself, worth £60. It was later found at his surgery. August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... The Rolls Royce logo Rolls-Royce is a set of several companies, all deriving from the British automobile and aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Henry Royce and C.S. Rolls in 1906. ...

Adams was arrested for the murder of another patient, Gertrude Hullett, after a tip-off by her friend, actor Leslie Henson in 1956 and the police investigated Morrell's death as well. He was tried for her murder in 1957 but controversially found not guilty. The Attorney General entered a plea of nolle prosequi regarding Mrs Hullett. Leslie Lincoln Henson (3 August 1891 - 2 December 1957) was an English comedian, actor, producer and director. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Adams was never found guilty of an deaths but Home Office Pathologist Francis Camps suspected him of killing 163 patients.[1] Francis Camps was a famous British pathologist in the 1950s. ...


  1. ^ Cullen, Pamela V., "A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams", London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006, ISBN 1-904027-19-9



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