Serial killer's letters sold

Letters written by the 19th century mass murderer Mary Ann Cotton, known as the 'Black Widow', have been sold in North Yorkshire.

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Serial killer's letters sold in North Yorkshire

Letters from Britain's first serial killer have been sold at an auction in North Yorkshire for £2,200.

They were written by Mary Ann Cotton in the 19th century from her prison cell in Durham jail.

Known as the 'Black Widow', she was suspected of killing 21 people including her own children, husbands, and lovers.

The letters were written to her lodger who lived in South West Durham.

Full Report: Letters of "Black Widow" go under hammer

Letters written by a woman thought to be Britain's first serial killer are to be sold at an auction in North Yorkshire.

The letters were penned by Mary Ann Cotton in the 19th century from her prison cell in Durham jail.

She was suspected of killing over 20 people - including her own children, husbands and lovers.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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'Black Widow' letters could go for hundreds of pounds

Letters from Britain's first serial killer are going under the hammer at an auction in North Yorkshire.

Known as the 'Black Widow', Mary Ann Cotton was suspected of killing 21 people - including her own children, husbands and lovers.

Cotton penned the letters whilst serving jail time in Durham.

Paul Hughes, from Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, believes the letters could go for more then five hundred pounds.

'Black Widow' letters under the hammer

Some of the letters Mary Ann Cotton wrote from her cell at Durham Prison Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A collection of Mary Ann Cotton's letters will be auctioned on Wednesday February 27th. Known as the 'Black Widow' was executed in March 1873 for murdering her seven year old step-son Charles after she killed him with arsenic.

Serial killer's letters auctioned

A collection of letters penned by a 19th century mass murderer are going under the hammer. Serial murderer Mary Ann Cotton, known as the 'Black Widow', wrote from her Durham prison cell before being executed in 1873. She was suspected of poisoning 21 people including family and lovers.

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