Lodging in Ventnor in the 1870s – a Pianist and a Poisoner. Hans Von Bulow, one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time, arrived in Ventnor 1875, where he had a grand piano delivered to his Bath Road lodgings. Medical doctor George Lamson also lodged in Bath Road, staying with his parents in the late 1870s. Having sought adventure in the Balkan wars of 1876-7, he became addicted to heroin and needed money. He murdered his brother-in-law to ensure that money came to his wife Kate. Arrested in 1882, he was tried at the Old Bailey and sentenced to death. By Lesley Telford.
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