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

Postby everliver » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:10 pm

Joe,
Really enjoy this post and also so do some of my friends not from Bootle forum they also look forward to your posts.

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

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:51 am

Thanks very much for your kind words Bob, they are much appreciated. :D :D
And all the best to you and your's Bob. :) :D
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:49 pm

Painter Killed by Foreman's Punch
A labourer who was told there was no work available for him died after the foreman punched him for refusing to leave.

On the morning of 18th September 1887, a labourer named Joseph Peach turned up for work at the Black Bull Bridge in Walton which crossed the Cheshire Lines railway. However, he was told by the foreman Thomas Cook that he was late and there was no room for him on the scaffold.
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When 54-year-old Peach refused to go he was punched by Cook and fell four feet between some railings. When a workman shouted that a doctor was needed Cook said 'Let the bast*rd die.' A doctor arrived on the scene and Peach was taken into the Black Bull Inn, with strict instructions being given that he should into be moved.

Despite the doctor's order, Peach was then taken back to his Townsend Lane lodgings in an unconscious state by two painters who were staying nearby in Vicar Road. He died the following day at 6.10pm and Cook was taken into custody.

On 28th September a committal hearing took place at the magistrate's court. James Clarke and James Head, who had taken Peach back to his lodgings, admitted that they had not seen any punch thrown but just saw him lying on the floor. However, they could both state that Cook did not want to send for a doctor. Another painter, William Drury from Warrington, did say though that he had seen Cook strike Peach with a clenched fist. Dr Fleetwood, who had carried out a postmortem, said that death was down to effusion of blood on the brain and this could have been as the result of falling on a hard substance.

Cook was committed to the Assizes for trial and appeared before Mr Justice Day on 16th November. In his defence, Cook said he had just pushed Peach away as there was no room and he fell backwards. This led to him being found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six months imprisonment.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:52 am

Thanks for the story and the great photo, Joe.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:34 pm

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

Postby lynne99 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:24 am

Thanks as always Joe
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby Shelagh » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:07 pm

Life was tough for some of those workmen back then. Imagine being punched to the ground for wanting work, then being refused a doctor. The foreman was lucky to get off with such a short sentence!

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

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:06 pm

Thanks for your comments Lynne and Shelagh. :wink: :)
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:09 pm

Extraordinary Brutality at House of Ill Fame
A Christmas Day killing at a brothel led to the convicted woman being transported for life.

On 25th December 1859, a christening celebration took place at what was described in the Liverpool Mercury as a 'house of ill fame' in Comus Street.

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Number 6 court in Comus Street.

Shortly before midnight a lady called, Margaret Cross appeared outside and shouted for Mary Sullivan to come out and fight Margaret Welsh. Sullivan went out and persuaded Cross to come in the house. Once inside Cross was so drunk that she fell over but was helped up by Sullivan, who then pushed her into a room.

When Cross threw a candlestick at Sullivan it missed, leading to a furious reaction from the latter. Sullivan grabbed Cross by the hair, banged her head against a door and then threw her to the floor. She then continued the assault, kicking Cross in the chest and head as she lay defenceless. Pleading for her life, Cross cried that one more kick could finish her. Sullivan replied If that's what you want there it is' and kicked Cross in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.

Cross died before a surgeon from the Rosehill Dispensary made it to the house. After an inquest found that the cause of death was wilful murder by Sullivan, she was committed for trial on a coroner's warrant. Due to the killing had occurred as a result of a sudden quarrel, the judge Sir Hugh Hill ordered the jury to return a verdict of manslaughter.

Sullivan's lawyer pleaded for leniency, saying that she had been devoid of parental control for most of her life. However, when it came to sentencing there was no room for sympathy. The twenty-year-old had already been to prison eight times, five of them for violent offences. The judge told Sullivan that her crime was of the most grossly aggravated character using brutal violence and that she had shown little remorse. Dismissing her lack of moral upbringing as an excuse, he sentenced her to be transported for life.

As Sullivan was led from the dock she shouted to another female 'Be a good girl and God bless you'.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:32 pm

Transported for life to Australia, what a punishment, not. Did we send our murderers and ne'er do wells to any other country? Thanks for posting, Joe.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby Matt » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:24 pm

They used to send the convicts to the colonies in N. America before Australia Phil and even to Bermuda
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby EdMcDonald » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:45 am

Matt wrote:They used to send the convicts to the colonies in N. America before Australia Phil and even to Bermuda
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None came to Alberta. Maybe BC got lots and lots and lots. :wink:
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:20 am

Thanks for the info, Matt. :D
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:49 pm

Thanks for the info guys. :wink:
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:06 pm

At around 2 am on Sunday 21st July 1912 Police Constable George Smith was passing Wavertree Lake (now a park) when he heard groaning. He waded into the lake and the water was up to his shoulders by the time he saw the outstretched arm of a lady who was clearly struggling. He managed to swim with her to a shallower part of the lake and another constable helped him pull her ashore.

The lady was insensible but when she regained consciousness was wailing 'Oh my baby'. PC Smith then went back into the lake with grappling irons and half an hour later located the body of a baby boy. Enquiries established that the woman was Charlotte Heather, who lived with her husband, an electrician, in Cronton Road.

On 1st August the inquest took place. Charlotte's district nurse Elsie Williams said that she was often strange and bewildered in her manner and would worry about money. Such was Charlotte's mental state that Elsie would often sleep overnight at the property and once she had woken up in a trembling fit, saying both her and the baby had the fever.

Charlotte Heather.
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At the direction of the coroner, a verdict of wilful murder against Charlotte was returned. They asked if a rider could be added that she was temporarily insane, but the coroner stated it was not their duty to determine the mental state of the prisoner. He did assure them that full consideration would be given to this at the assizes and then commended PC Smith for his prompt actions on rescuing Charlotte and recovering the baby's body.

Cronton Road.
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On 1st November Charlotte appeared at the Liverpool Assizes. She told the jury that she had been in bed and heard a voice calling her to see her sister. She can remember sitting by the side of the lake but nothing after that. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and she was immediately discharged from the dock. She returned to her husband and four years later the couple had another child, a baby girl called Bronwen.
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Re: Murder - Crimes - History - Bootle and North Liverpool

Postby filsgreen » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:48 pm

Sad story, Joe, but at least there was a good outcome for the woman.
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