By Keith Henson
What Made George Lumb Shoot his mom? Why did Fanny pace upload arsenic to a present berry pie? How did Beefy advert whisk carry shame upon town of Castleford? What made the headlines within the yr of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and who have been the 'Hung Two?' The solutions are all in the pages of this interesting booklet. starting with a secret in 1854 and finishing on a rope in 1918, Foul deeds and Suspicious Deaths round Pontefract and Castelford takes a glance at a number of the darkish and stunning stories from the district's background . You my by no means examine a can of creosote within the related approach back. Doncaster born Keith Henson is a photographer, relations guy, author, advert, regardless of the contents of this ebook ...very common. he's additionally writer of Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in York.
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Fanny would not hold her noise. Before Ben had gone away she promised him that she would not get married in his absence, and he in turn swore to make her his wife when he came ashore once more. Now she was having strange dreams about her husband. In one, he fell from a hay cart and was killed. When his body was brought home, Fanny told the men that she did not care because there was another man who would marry her. If all this wasn’t bad enough, Fanny had visited a gypsy fortune-teller, taking with her a lock of Ben’s hair.
30 pm, asking the jury to retire and decide if Fanny Speed’s guilt had been proven beyond any doubt. ’ On finding that she was acquitted the prisoner walked from the bar with a firm step. Several parties in the gallery hailed the decision of the jury with applause, but it was immediately checked by the officers of the court. Undoubtedly the applause had come from friends and family, but interestingly, even though her case had elevated her briefly to local infamy, she did not endure at any time the mob hatred that others in her position had in the past and would in the future.
The testimony of both men matched that of Polly Taylor and Fanny Denton, with Berry adding that he had been driven away by Beefy Wrigglesworth who showed him a ring on Eccles’s finger, claiming her to be his wife. With the evidence at an end, the defence asked the bench to consider the charge most carefully, making particular note of the conduct of Eccles, whom they thought had undergone the outrage with consent. The magistrates conferred at length and finally, with great reluctance, agreed that the behaviour of Mary Eccles made it ‘impossible to establish a charge of rape’ – however, they did note that at the forthcoming Brewster Sessions on 31 August, an application existed for the renewal of a license for the Castle Hotel.