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Gibson was an important witness in the trial of Mrs Hall for the 14 September 1926 murders of Reverend Hall and Mrs Mills. She testified that she saw Mrs Hall on De Russey Lane with a male companion, presumed to be her accomplice, on the night of the murders, stating she was able to see their faces due to a passing car. George Sipel was subpoenaed to confirm Mrs Gibson's report that the vehicle was driven by him. She claimed that she heard that Sipel had told his friend, John Garry, that he had seen her on the night of the murders. Sipel denied this allegation and reportedly showed a "frantic eagerness" to avoid testifying. Mrs Gibson reportedly recorded her sighting of Mrs Hall and her companion in her calendar diary.
Nellie Lo Russell testified that, on the night of the murders, Mrs Gibson had visited her and spent time at her own home, thus seeming to indicate that she could not have seen Mrs Hall in De Dursey Lane. However, the testimony of Sipel apparently discredited this alternative testimony from Nellie Lo Russell.
Behind the scenes
- The text of the article mentioning Mrs Gibson in the prop issue of the New York Chronicle featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was taken from the real 21 November 1922 issue of The Evening World. This represents an anachronism, as the film is set in 1926, but the actual events referenced occurred in 1922.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned in a newspaper)