Barbaric Murders - Child victims, lady-killers and bodies in by Rodney Castleden

By Rodney Castleden

Status within the left baggage workplace at Brighton station, the executive Constable used to be trying to find clues. A corpse in a field is mostly affected by forensic proof. And the woman's bare pregnant torso appeared wanting to display the key of her gory loss of life and the whereabouts of the remainder of her physique. examine The Brighton Trunk homicide in Barbaric Murders besides many different grotesque real-life tales of kid sufferers, lady-killers and our bodies in boxes.

St William of Norwich, William Andrew Horne, Captain John Sutherland, Esther Hibner, John Bell, Rev Thomas Hunter, Constance Kent, Carl Bridgewater, Michael Helgos and Jon Benet, Francisco Arce Montes, William Corder, James Greenacre, Oscar Slater, Kate Webster, Arthur Devereux, Maria Goold, The Brighton Trunk homicide

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The group of people who had run down from the Castle caught up with him there and recognized him as the Gordons’ chaplain. They decided that one of them should contact Mr and Mrs Gordon to tell them the awful news about what had happened. The Gordons were distraught. Old Scottish law has it that ‘if a murderer should be taken with the blood of the murdered person upon his clothes, he should be prosecuted in the Sheriff’s Court and executed within three days after the commission of the fact’. Hunter was accordingly dealt with in unusual haste.

Under the care of the new housekeeper, Miss Pratt, Mrs Kent gained strength and then gave birth to William. By this time Mary Kent was completely insane and, in typical Victorian style, Samuel Kent shut his wife away without any treatment and pretended everything was normal. Then, in 1853, while Miss Pratt was away visiting relatives, Mary Kent developed a bowel problem and quickly died. The children were used to Miss Pratt, who had been with the family for a decade, but they were nevertheless shocked when their father announced that he and Miss Pratt were to be married.

The cabin boy was obviously relieved that Jack Thompson had come in, and said straight away, ‘Jack Thompson, look here. ’ The boy lifted his shirt and showed him a terrible wound in his abdomen, near the groin, and his intestines were falling out. ’ Up on deck, Jack called out to the next ship, another transport called the Elizabeth, to try to get assistance. There was apparently no surgeon on the Elizabeth. Jack then went ashore with Captain Sutherland to find a surgeon. They met a couple of soldiers and told them what had happened, and then returned to the ship.

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