Chicago Tribune, November 23, 1922. Acid, typically a weapon of the streets, dissolves an upper-class marriage.
Berenice’s primary beef was with her mother-in-law, but poor Darby took it in the face.
Great forensic showmanship on the part of prosecutor McCartney. Weak alibi from Berenice.
McCartney and Pierrotte: both earning their paychecks.
Hmm. Good call, gentlemen.
Notice how the weapon is variously called a “vial” and a “phial” of acid. Phial strikes us as classier, better suited to the Beverly Hills milieu.
Veronal, aka barbital, was the first barbiturate, and hit the market in 1903. It was sold as a sleep aid but also had a solid rep as a suicide drug.