By Scott Lomax
Deadly Derbyshire is a advisor to homicide and manslaughter devoted around the complete quantity of the county, from the homicide of Hannah Hewitt in 1742 to John Cotton's killing in 1898. In among, examine the 'fiery' conditions of the loss of life of John McMorrow, a farm tragedy at Stoney Houghton, killings for 'pittances' : 3 eggs and a sixpence; additionally detect unprovoked and depraved deeds in addition to various suspicious deaths. The booklet relies on vast study of newspaper files, uncovering a number of circumstances by no means formerly explored. This compendium enhances and accompanies different real Crime titles for Derbyshire released by means of Wharncliffe, together with Foul Deeds books on the subject of Chesterfield and Derby.
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Undeterred, at breakfast the following day the landlord was given a hot milk drink with wine or spice. Little did he know that his posset, as the drink was known, would contain another dose of a more lethal chemical: arsenic. Unanticipated by Webster, the rest of the family were also to have this drink. Again the poisoner failed; there was too little arsenic and so the family were briefly ill but soon recovered. Despite two incidents having occurred in Webster’s presence, there was seemingly no suspicion aroused against the lodger.
Nonetheless, the statement gives some background to what occurred. No doubt his military life from such a young age had made it difficult for him to settle into a ‘normal’ life. Even marriage could not dissuade him from taking up a life of crime that would ultimately lead to violence, murder and his own death. It was in 1774 that Cocklayne met a servant girl who worked for an elderly widow named Mary Vickers, who lived at Full Street in Derby. Recent times have seen most of the historic buildings in and around Full Street replaced with a multi-storey car park and other modern developments, although the Cathedral (the church of All Saints, which became the Cathedral in 1927), the Silk Mill and The Dolphin public house are amongst few remnants of the past.
If they had stopped at burglary then it is quite likely they would have successfully stolen what was a huge sum and got away with it, had they left the area; but what took place that night resulted in a determined effort to catch the two men. Cocklayne’s criminal record was now to have added to it the charge of murder and Foster was to be considered to be his accomplice, although one could easily argue that both men played almost equal roles. In order to steal what they did the two men felt that they had to restrain Vickers.