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Sir Fred Pollock's report of the papers relating to the case of Thomas Smethurst (''The Richmond Poisoner'' convicted of the murder of Isabella Bankes), 1859.<br />
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The personal effects of the 'father of forensic medicine' who helped solve some of the Victorian era's most grisly murders have emerged for sale for £100,000.<br />
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Doctor Alfred Swaine Taylor investigated the shocking murder of Fanny Adams and the heinous crimes of William Palmer, the Rugeley Poisoner.<br />
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He was friends with Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens who he gave a tour of his laboratory and it is likely they tapped into his extensive knowledge for their celebrated works.<br />
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Now, over 250 historic items belonging to Dr Taylor are being sold by his descendants as part of a house clearance at Thorne Court in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.<br />
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The marquee lot in the sale is his microscope dating from about 1850 which he would have used to help him solve some of the most high profile crimes of the period.