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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:07 pm

Deleted, thanks Paul.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby Shelagh » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:10 pm

Still miss Joe's murder stories - hope all is well Joe :wink:
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Postby lynne99 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:08 am

So do I Shelagh. I do hope he is OK. Does anyone one know?
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:47 am

Glad to be back folks. :)
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:48 am

A Butchers Revenge not posted
A butcher who reacted to a baying Sectarian crowd outside his shop by stabbing a man was convicted of manslaughter.

On 25th May 1848 a crowd gathered outside a butchers in Simpson Street owned by Parker Unsworth. This was supposedly because wife had given evidence at the police court that morning against two boys who had been arrested for fighting
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It seems that abuse was shouted at Unsworth who then lashed out with a knife, stabbing John Clarke, a thirty year old stevedore. Clarke staggered a few paces towards Bridgewater Street then fell down and was pronounced dead on his arrival at the Southern Hospital. When Unsworth was told that Clarke was dead he fainted and had to be carried into a car that was procured by police o take him to the Bridewell

The inquest took place the following day and the first witness was Michael Vallaly, who said he was the father of one of the two boys who had been seen fighting by Mrs Unsworth. He stated that he had expressed surprise to Unsworth that his wife had given evidence, but understood that he had no control over what she did. He then claimed that Clarke appeared outside the shop and Unsworth said 'There's another Irish scoundrel' and stabbed him with a kitchen knife, causing the bowels to protrude.

After describing how Clarke fell down and shouted out that he was dying, Vallaly then claimed that he saw Unsworth wipe the blood from the knife with his fingers and then cut some meat with it. In cross examination he denied saying anything abusive to Unsworth and again admitted that one of the boys who Mrs Unsworth had given evidence against was his own son.

The next witness was a man named John Jones who said that Vallaly was waving his fist at Unsworth's shop shouting 'You Orange B*st*rd' when Clarke tried to move him away, only to be stabbed himself. Vallaly, according to Jones, was intoxicated and two other men had also been trying to persuade him to move on. A lady called Ellen Millchrest said there were up to forty people outside Unsworth's shop and that when he struck the blow with the knife he had not crossed its threshold.

A dejected Unsworth then made a statement of his own, saying that Vallaly had come into the shop and threatened to kill him, then a crowd gathered and someone shouted 'pull him out and 'mash his brains'. Unsworth said he was cutting meat at the time and when someone rushed into the shop he lashed out with the knife.

The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter and added that Vallaly's evidence was 'unworthy of belief'. Unsworth was committed to the South Lancashire Assizes for trial and found guilty but with a strong recommendation for mercy. He was then sentenced to three months imprisonment by Mr Justice Cresswell.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby lily8 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:09 am

Have missed your tales Joe thanks for all the work you do on this topic :D
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Postby Silver-Haired-Hippy » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:33 am

Glad to see you posting again Joe!!! :D I enjoy reading them.

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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby lynne99 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:39 am

Lovely to have you back. We have missed you and all the hard work you do to keep us informed. Thanks :D
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby Shelagh » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:25 pm

Interesting story Joe, notice the date 1848 - a few years after the influx of Irish refugees..
they had a terrible time on arrival at Liverpool, hundreds of police were recruited from the orange order to keep these (Fenians) in their place.
Hardly surprising that the butcher was given a strong recommendation of mercy, and a three month prison sentence!!

Thanks for the history Joe :)
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:11 pm

Thanks, Lily Loretta Lynne and Shelagh for your kind comments. :D :D :D
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:04 pm

Murder and Suicide in Cheapside.

A man who killed his wife then committed suicide himself was not given a proper burial due to the traditions of the time and he was instead interred underneath a crossroads.

On 15th February 1815 around 6pm a passer by in Cheapside came across another man named Thomas Cosgrove, who was wearing nothing but a nightcap. Cosgrove begged to be taken in, saying that he had strangled his wife and cut his own throat. Two other men were brought to the scene and they found Cosgrove's wife lying on a bed covered in blood and quite dead. A constable was sent for and Cosgrove showed no resistance as he was taken into custody.

Cosgrove's throat was sewn up and he was kept in the Bridewell. An inquest into his wife's death returned a verdict of wilful murder, having heard they lived on bad terms and she had 'frequently expressed her fear of being beaten'.

On 28th February Cosgrove died and an inquest into his death returned a verdict of Felo De Se, literally 'felon of himself'. In those days those who committed suicide were given a shameful burial and Cosgrove was buried at the crossroads of Vauxhall Road, Great Crosshall Street, Hatton Garden and Tithebarn Street. The idea of this was that by being buried in the centre of a cross, he would never rise again to commit such deeds. It was not until the Burial of Suicide Act of 1823 that this practice was outlawed.

Nearly forty years later, in 1854, workmen were excavating trenches for sewer pipes here when a rotting corpse was discovered. Older locals recalled what had happened between Cosgrove and his wife but rather than re-inter his remains in the Necropolis, they were simply covered over, where they continue to lie under the tarmac to this day. :(
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby john j connell » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:29 pm

Not just dead, but quite dead. nice one Joe, keep them coming. JJC.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:05 pm

Thanks for that Joe.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:14 pm

Thanks for your replies John, and Phil. :) :wink:
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby efc46 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:13 am

Very interesting Joe enjoyed the story /Davey
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:52 pm

Woman's Murder Solved 39 Years Later
The murder of a young mother in 1970 remained unsolved until 2009. It was only when a written confession detailing the killing was found amongst the belongings of a man who died that the police could finally close the case.



At 8am on Wednesday 2nd September that year binmen found the body of nineteen year old Lorraine Jacobs in an alley off Rodney Street. Lorraine's knickers had been removed and by her side were three rain sodden bags of chips. As her back was dry, police concluded she had died prior to the rain starting at 3am. A pathologist later put the time of death as around midnight.

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Lorraine had been on her way to her home in Russell Street where she lived with her mum, fourteen month old daughter and baby son. Enquiries established she had last been seen alive in Pilgrim Street at 11pm and bought the chips in Great George Street. Earlier in the evening she had been drinking in Yates' Wine Lodge in Great Charlotte Street.

Detectives interviewed 900 people who lived, worked or had been in the area on the night of the killing and handed out 3,500 questionnaires. However the trail went cold and the murder remained unsolved until a dramatic discovery by decorators in 2008. Whilst cleaning out the house of 78 year old Harvey Richardson, who had recently died of bowel cancer, they found an envelope marked 'private and confidential'. Inside was a nine page confession to the murder, written on yellowing paper, as well as a pair of blue knickers.

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The discovery led to Merseyside Police being called in and tests dated the paper to around the time of the murder. The confession contained information never previously in the public domain, detailing how Richardson, who had never been a suspect, had rowed with Lorraine over a camera she had taken from his Huskisson Street flat a couple of months earlier. This had happened as she was unhappy about him taking photographs of her children with it, although there was no reason to believe there was anything sinister about that. The letter said Richardson had been drinking all day after finding out he had failed his exams to become a librarian, then gone to Upper Duke Street looking for prostitutes. After coming across Lorraine, he strangled her then headed to Greenheys Gardens, where he had recently moved after being evicted from Huskisson Street.

Despite the length of time since the murder, detectives were able to corroborate 90% of the letters contents and there were DNA matches to both Lorraine and Richardson on the knickers. The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that if Richardson were still alive, then he would be charged with the killing. This led to the police closing the case and Detective Superintendent Ian Kemble stating 'It means a lot to me to close this case for the Jacob family. I can’t appreciate the suffering they have been through all these years and hope this outcome will bring them some comfort.'
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