The Murder That Inspired Hardy’s ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’

In Victorian England a woman was hanged for killing her husband

Gemma Arterton in a BBC presentation. ‘Tess’ has been made into a movie eight times.

In Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the title character possesses the kind of beauty that draws a certain sort of attention: “A small minority, mainly strangers, would look long at her in casually passing by, and grow momentarily fascinated by her freshness, and wonder if they would…