By Vanessa Morgan
This chilling assortment brings jointly true-life old murders that surprised not just the town yet usually made headline information in the course of the state. situations featured the following comprise riots in 1791, a financial institution theft in 1844 and an arson assault in 1912. homicide so much foul additionally increases it truly is grotesque head, with John Thompson stabbed his common-law spouse in a healthy of drunken jealousy in 1861, and Mary Albion is murdered in her mattress whilst a theft went incorrect in 1898. Vanessa Morgan's well-illustrated and enchanting textual content will attract each person attracted to precise crime and the shadier part of Birmingham's earlier.
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Case Two The Walls were Stained with Blood 1828 Suspect: Edward Roach Age: Unknown Charge: Murder Sentence: Committed suicide to escape justice The first half of the nineteenth century saw a large influx of people into Birmingham from the surrounding area, looking for work in this now growing industrial town. These people needed homes and so many back-to-back courts were constructed. These houses were inexpensive to build and quickly spread across the town. They were also cheap to live in, but accommodation was basic in the extreme.
Abraham said he hadn’t, but he was agitated, which made them suspicious, so they insisted he take them to her house to make sure she was all right. The canal and railway bridge at Great Barr Street. (© V. Morgan) On their way to Milk Street he became more agitated as more questions were asked – Why had they both been out so late? Why were they in the water? In the end, Abraham admitted he had drowned Ann in the canal and told them they would find her body on the Birmingham side of the bridge in Great Barr Street.
He was told the wound would heal if he was quiet but he pleaded with the doctor to let him die, ‘If not, I shall be hanged for I have murdered a man. ’ He warned his friends who visited him in hospital to keep away from public houses and gave instructions for his family. He said his effects were to be sold off for the benefit of his wife and child, and that certain premises might be appropriated to his creditors. On recovery, he was transported to Warwick Gaol to await his trial at the Summer Assizes.