We all know that Lady Audley's real name is in fact Helen Talboys. Therefore because of this every piece of paper she signed with her fake name is considered forgery and illegitimate. This includes her marriage license to Micheal Audley. The punishment for such crimes are "deportation or banishment" and "sometimes with death" (stephen 213). Another crime she has committed would, in court, give her a harsher sentence than the one procured by Robert.
The Victorian period saw great changes in how people were caught, arrested and charged to appear in court. The police force, as we know it today, did not exist until 1856. Before then, most places had only an unpaid parish constable to keep order.
Serial killer Lemuel Smith was sentenced to life in prison for the 1976 murders of Albany religious store operators Robert Hedderman and Margaret Byron. He was charged with the 1976 stabbing death of Joan Richburg, whose remains were found in her car at Colonie Center, and the 1977 murder of Marilee Wilson, whose body was uncovered in Schenectady. But indictments in those crimes were dismissed because Smith was already serving three life terms.