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Agatha Christie, a literary who was nourished by crimes

Lenin Boscaney
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Agatha Christie, a literary who was nourished by crimes – Curiosities
Agatha Christie, British writer and playwright.

Agatha Christie, the famous writer who was captivated by police stories, also narrates some crimes that were not solved and that the alleged murderers were only prosecuted with public opinion.

In total there were 66 police novels, translated into more than 140 languages and leaving behind countless fans who fell in love day by day with the author's narration.

Among them is the novel "Tragic Innocence", which presents a real-life case, the death of Charles Bravo, a murder in which no one was charged and public opinion killed his wife Florence.

Similarly, in the exhibition of the novel entitled "A sleeping crime: the last case of Miss Marple", the famous Agatha points out that this crime was not recognized in the case of Madeleine Smith. But, that is where a question arises, who is Madeline Smith?

On Smith's life

Madeline Smith, a young woman from Glasgow socialite. She kept a secret that brought her more problems than she expected. Madeline had a long relationship with a man ten years older than her, his name was Pierre Emile L'Angelier.

Pierre was the victim of a mysterious crime, he died of arsenic poisoning on the night of March 22, 1857. All this was due to the fact that the romance he kept with letters and other evidence with Madeline Smith was interrupted by the young woman's commitment to another boy more convenient for her, according to the criteria of her parents.

After a fit of jealousy on Pierre's part, Madeline begged him to meet on the night the murder occurred. Madeline was accused by public opinion of murder and if evidence of this matter was found, Smith would be hanged.

However, Agatha Christie, the famous author once again made it clear that these crimes were far from justice. Given the statements of an expert in favor of Madeline, it was found that the arsenic she possessed could be used as makeup, so she was not charged.

Another story of anonymity

The same thing happened with the case named first, Charles Bravo, a famous lawyer who, in the year 1876, on April 21, died from drinking water with potassium antimony. On his deathbed he did not say a word, which raised suspicions of suicide by the investigators and doctors who were handling his case.

Again, Agatha Christie captured this story in one of her works, an unsolved crime. Charles' relatives requested a more in-depth investigation, as they were convinced that the lawyer would not make an attempt on his life, much less in that way.

The suspicions began with a coachman that Mr. Bravo had fired, who shouted that in five months Charles would be dead. After many news and headlines about this crime, the eyes of the public fell on his wife.

Florence Bravo, a woman who did not adapt to her time and whose parents had predestined her for a presumed social life of high rank. Unfortunately, Florence separated from this man who promised her a large inheritance for being a very violent alcoholic.

This man dies from his terrible addiction and that is when Florence begins an affair with a doctor whom she leaves due to her commitment to Charles Bravo, in order to improve her economic and social position.

When Bravo died, they had only been married for five months and the author Christie raised her sights towards the culprit that no one claimed or deduced, the doctor who shared a love for Florence.

Bravo suffered from rheumatism and neuralgia, she assumes that one of the pills prescribed by the doctor was the cause of the lawyer's death. agatha said:

"I always thought he was the only person who had an overwhelming motive and the right character: extremely competent, successful and always considered above suspicion," he wrote in a letter to the editor of the Sunday Times Magazine in 1968.