By 1907, Britain's criminal justice system was changed when the country established a Court of Criminal Appeal. Had Florence Maybrick been tried in 1907 - even if all else remained the same - she would likely have been a free woman as soon as her case was reviewed by an appellate court.
Florence, however, did not have that luxury. She served 15 years behind bars, most of them at Aylesbury Prison (where she lived between 1896-1904).
After Florence was set free, in 1904, she spent six months at a convent in Truro, Cornwall. Known as the "Home of the Community of the Epiphany," the convent was located within the parish of St. Paul and was based at Alverton House.
Florie had a much better life at the Convent. Managed by a Mother Superior who had visited Florie while she was in prison, the convent (and its Cathedral town) were peaceful places for her. Cornwall - and the beauty of this part of England, which is near the sea - helped the former prisoner to make a transition back to civilian life.
But Florie did not remain in Cornwall. She wanted to return to her own country.
Boarding a vessel in Antwerp, she sailed to New York City aboard the Vaderland, a ship of the Red Star Line. She arrived in America on the 23rd of August, 1904.
After two years of constantly reliving her story, though, Florie gave up the security of a steady income. She'd had enough.
Within a few years, Florie needed a job. A friend in Chicago recommended her for a housekeeping position in Connecticut. Now going by the name Florence Elizabeth Chandler (her given name), Florie became increasingly reclusive.
As she grew older, she was befriended by the students of a nearby boys' school in South Kent. She died in that small town on October 23, 1941. She was 79 years old.
For nearly 20 years a Connecticut neighbor knew Florie was the famous defendant condemned to hang for killing her husband. A dry-cleaning tag on a black lace dress Florie had given to Genevieve Austin revealed the truth. The tag said "Florence Maybrick."
It was not until after Florence died, however, that her friend told the press who the reclusive "cat lady" of South Kent really was. Florence was buried in the South Kent School cemetery.