Martha Bacon was sent to Broadmoor after stabbing her two young children to death
Young housewife Martha Bacon lived in Lambeth and had already spent time in a South London asylum.
On December 29, 1856, she killed her two children — a two-and-a-half-year-old boy and his 11-month-old sibling — by cutting their throats with a kitchen knife.
The 26-year-old claimed an intruder had broken into her house and killed her children.
But she stood trial for murder and was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Martha was one of the first patients to arrive in Broadmoor, only three days after it had opened for women in 1863.
She spent much of her time there knitting and doing needlework.
She died of stomach cancer in 1899.
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