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the deceased had expired. The and pulling the trigger, with intent cause of his death was attributed to to murder him. the bursting of a blood vessel while Mr. Courthope stated, that this coughing, and a verdict was deliver. was a case of melancholy atrocity on ed accordingly.
the part of the prisoner, who was 16. An inquisition was taken at the son-in-law of the prosecutor; the Old-Parr's-head, in Knight. against whom he snapped the pistol, Rider-street, on the body of Susan with intent to murder him. The nah Birkwood. In the course of prosecutor, Mr. Raymond, had the morning on Friday se'onight she many years kept a school of great had retired into her bed-room, and respectability, at Lewes, in that with a small dessert knife cut herself county, and the defendant came into on the side of the neck in a most his family in January 1805, as shocking manner. Several witnes usher. While he was there, he paid ses attended to prove her insanity ; his addresses to the prosecutor's and it being a very clear case, the daughter, but against the knowledge jury immediately returned a verdict of the prosecutor. They at length of Lunacy.- man of the name of eloped together, and were married. Catty, who lived in Knight.Rider. The young woman, however, lived street, and who had been summoned with him but a short time, being, to attend as a juror on the above from the ill-treatment of the priso. unfortunate affair, had expressed his ner, obliged again to seek the shel. dislike of attending on such unplea. ter of her father's house. She was sant business to the Ward Beadle, actually living with him at the time on Monday morning, and wished to of the present transaction, which be excused. On going home, not occurred on the 31st of November seeing his wife, he was induced to last. On that day the prisoner inquire after her; and not receiving came to Lewes, and wished to have a satisfactory answer, after search. an interview with his wife ; but ing in the different rooms of the access to the house was denied house, he at last discovered her in him. He immediately, wrote a note the garret, hanging with one end of to Mr. Cripps, the magistrate at her pocket handkerchief fastened to Lewes, complaining that he could a nail, and the other round her not see his wife and child, and beg. neck; he cut her down, but she had ging that gentleman's interference been in that situation too long to to procure an interview.-The
genbe restored to animation. On her tleman accordingly went to Mr. hearing of the above unfortunate Raymond,, who agreed to see the affair, she was heard to exclaim, that prisoner, but in the presence of Mr. Mrs. Birkwood's miseries were now Cripps, as he would not venture at an end; and she went up stairs, alone to encounter the violence of and desired she might not be distur. his temper. Mr. Cripps accordingbed.
ly accompanied the prisoner to Mr. 17. At the Sussex assizes, James Raymond's, and he was there shewn Vaughan Everell, a genteel young his wife and child. He asked his man, aged 24, was indicted for mali- wife if she would live with him, pro. ciously pointing a pistol, loaded with vided he could get the means to sup. ball, at Victor Amadee Raymond, port her? She replied, that she
would, if he would not misconduct 'The prisoner, in his defence, ur. himself in the manner he had hither. ged, that he was driven to despera. to done. He then requested to be tion by the prosecutor having al. left alone with his wife; which be. lured the affections of bis wife from ing refused, his demeanour became him; and said that he meant to 50 outrageous, that Mr. Cripps have shot himself in the presence of thought it necessary to order him to his wife. Verdict-Guilty. be turned out of the house. Heim. 20. About five o'clock in mediately went away, but returned the morning, a fire was discovered again about four o'clock, and know. on the premises of messrs. Cle. ing the ways of the house, he gain. menti and Co. musical instrument. ed access to the parloor door with makers, Tottenham-court-road. In out being observed, where he found the course of an hour, the confia. Mr. Raymond and one of his scho. gration threatened the destruction lars. He immediately drew a pis. of the whole of the adjoining neightol, and spapped it at Mr. Raymond, bonrhood. Happily, the prompt but most fortunately it flashed in the arrival of the engines, and the time. pan, otherwise the shot would pro. ly exertions of the firemen, prevent. bably have proved fatal.
ed the spreading calamity; but, ex. Víctor Amadee. Raymond, the clusive of the front of the building, prosecutor, stated the interview scarcely a vestige remained standing and conversation, as detailed by the of this once extensive manufactory. counsel; he added, that as he was -A similar accident took place on sitting at tea in the parlour, he heard these premises about ten years ago. the door open ; and supposing it 20. John Maycock and John was his assistant, he said " walk in,”! Pope were indicted at Kingston as. without lifting his eyes from a let. sizes for the wilful murder of Anna ter which he was reading.–But Maria Pooley, at Horselydown, on hearing a voice exclaim, "Now the 9th of August. God d-nyou," he lookeil up and Mrs. Sarah Pooley, sister of the saw the prisoner, who pulled a pis. deceased, stated, that her sister li. tol from under bis coat and snap- ved by herself at Horselydown, and ped it at him. The pistol slashed in so retired a manner, that her wins. in the pap; he attempted to wrest it dows, which looked into the street, from the prisoner; but the latter were constantly kept shut. The being the strongest prevented him, last time she saw her was on the and closing the pan, he snapped it 26th of July last, when she called at him a second time. The house to pay her some money; and in con being alarmed, the prisoner retreat. sequence of information she recei. ed.
ved of her sister not having been Thomas Whiteman, constable, seen fyr some time, steps were taas stated, that he apprehended the prie ken which led to the discovery of: soner at the end of Mr, Raymond's the murder. Witness stated that: garden wall. When he first saw the her sister alvays, kept moneys prisoner, and offered to lay hold of John Mackwell Garrat forced him, he presented the pistol at the his way into the house of the des witness, and afterwards snapped it, ceased, by desire of her sister, on at his own head.
the 20th August. Having done so,
he found the deceased dead in the plenty of money after the murder of wash-house, lying on her back, and Mrs. Pooley, without having any the body in a putrified state; inso. visible means of getting it; and much that it was impossible to ascer. tradesmen proved having sold him tain whether there were marks of various articles to some amount. violence about her. Her pockets John Grey, at whose house May. were turned inside out, and some cock lodged, proved his having been trifling articles were lying by her; absent from Saturday cvening to and on witness going over the house Sunday night, the morning of the day be found that the drawers, &c. had when the murder was supposed to been ransacked. Witness opened have been committed, in company the door, and let in a Mr. and Mrs. with Pope. On the return of the Humphries ; and it was discovered prisoner in the evening, he was par. that some bricks had been taken ticularly anxious to know if any out' of the wash-house, by which a one had enquired for him, and the person might unbolt the window wives of the two prisoners were shutters, which he found fastened. waiting for him at that moment.'
Thomas Burgess, a corn-porter, Mr. Grahain, the magistrate, hera who was at work with Maycock, produced a written confession made was taken ill on a Thursday; and by the prisoner Pope, in his preori the Friday he heard of the mur. sence; he had never advised Pope der of Mrs. Pooley. He also knew so to do, but, on the contrary, had the prisoner Pope, the Barleymow cautioned him against the measure, public-house, and that of the decea. It appeared, that a proclamation sed. About two months before he had been issued by his majesty, of. heard of the murder, Maycock infor- fering a reward for the apprehen. med him, asthey were going to work, sion of the erty concerned in the that he would put him into a good murder, and for the pardon 'of an thing, if he would go with him to rob accomplice who was not actually the house of an elderly lady, who had the person that inflicted death. This always money by her, and who lived proclamation had been shewil to -alone, and kept her house shut up, Pope by Mr. Graham ; and he after. and who could easily be done out of wards confessed being one of the her property. The prisoner did party in a letter to Mr. Graham, not say where the bouse was, nor which also expressed a hope of his did witness inquire.-The prisoner majesty's pardon. described the man who was to go Mr. Gurney submitted to the with them as a ware bargeman; but bench, on behalf of the prisoner witness did not consent to be of the Pope, that he was entitled to an ac. party. On hearing of the murder, quittal by virtue of the proclama. and the house where it was com. tion, he having made a full confes. mitted answering the description of sion. After a good deal of argu. that'described by Maycock, witness ment the learned counsel carried gave information before Mr. Gra. his point ; and a verdict of acquittal ham the magistrate, which led to was taken for Pope, who was after. the detection of the prisoners. wards put into the witness-box to
A body of evidence was here pro. give evidence against the prisoner duced to prove that Maycock bad" Maycock. Here apother point
was argued on an objection taken The prisoner was ordered for er. by Mr. Lawes, counsel for May- ecution on Monday, and his body cock, who contended that Pope to be dissected. The prisoner often was not a legal witness after having laughed during the trial; and sen. been indicted. His objection was tence being passed on him, he ob. over-ruled.
served on goiog from the dock, Pope stated, that Maycock ad. “ Thank ye for that; I'm done vised him to assist him in robbing snug enough.” the house of Mrs. Pooley, and on William Duncan was indicted on the 9th of August the plan was put a charge of the murder of William into execution. The following is Chivers, esq. in the parish of Bat. the substance of Pope's testimony. tersea. They were drinking together at the The witnesses brought home the Barley-mow on the evening of Sa- charge very strongly to the prisonturday, the 8th, the back premises er; who, when called upon for his of which house are contiguous to defence, thus expressed himself: those of the late Mrs. Pooley. At “I beg leave to assure your lord. ten o'clock at night Pope began to ship, that I never bore Mr. Chirers pull out the bricks; and having suc- any malice whatever. On Saturday ceeded, he unbolted the shutter, morning I had been employed in entered the house, and opened the digging some ground; and with my door for his companion. They were spade in my hand I went to the prevented from getting further by green-house to give it some air, and the door of the wash house being there I left my spade. I then went fastened, and they were until day- for some refreshment, at 11 o'clock light attempting in vain to open it. in the morning, as was usual ; and They rcturned to a cellar and wait. on going into the kitchen I saw the ed till Mrs. Pooley came down. footman, of whom I asked how long On her opening the door, which was it was since Mr. Chivers went out. fastened, Maycock met her, and the I then went into the garden, and to old lady cried “Oh!” This was at the green-house, into which I let a cight o'clock in the morning, and little more air. I then went with Maycock held her throat until she my spade in my hand and looked at was strangled. They then rifled a vine. I saw Mr. Chivers, told the drawers, &c. of the house and him that I had finished my digging, got 901, which they divided, and re. and said, I was sorry to have left so mained in the house until ten o'clock good a place as my last, and now to at night to prevent detection, at be turned off.
A few words pass. which hour they went out at the ed between Mr. Chivers and me; street-door. Maycock rifled the and the lastexpression he used when pockets of the deceased and took I had the spade in my hand was You the keys therefrom. The jury scoundrel, I will break your skull.' without hesitation found the pri. He shook his cane over me; he soner guilty ; and the judge in pas. made an attempt to strike at me, sing sentence observed, it was a when I, turning aside, escaped; he murder the most barbaroas and again endeavoured to strike, and I cold blooded he had ever heard or avoided the blow. After this, he read of.
followod me up with his cane, and I
rage to do it.
then had, as I before said, a spade I answered, “ I am sorry also, but in my hand. I raised the spade, I am afraid that it is too late." Af. and to my surprise it struck him. ter this I was taken to Wandsworth,
"linmediately atterwards, I went where I underwent an examination. into the green-house, with the full I was then committed to, Horse'intention of taking away my own monger-lane, and from thence I life, but I had not sufficient cou. have been brought here to take my
I then went into the trial.” kitchen, and called Henry, who said, The witnesses for the prisoner 66 What is the matter ?" and I re. were then called to his character. plied, “ Good Lord, I have struck The chief baron, after stating the my master, and he fell.” I then nature of the indiciment, said, that went out towards Clapham, and the prisoner was accused of having the first persons I saw were a buto murdered his master. He had giveu ler and a gardener. I went to a detailed account of the transac. the garden of Mr. Robert Thorn- tions referred to in the evidence ; ton, and asked for Mr. Dixon, who and the jury would reco!lect, hat is one of the gardeners. They said, in considering his narrative it was he was cutting a vine, but they went fair to allow what he said in his to him, and Mr, Dixon sent me own favour, as well as what he said word that I might come to him. I against himself. The question was asked if any body was with him, this: whether there was a previous and they said “ Yes.” I then desired design in the breast of she prisoner to speak to him alone. Mr. Dixon to perpetrate the crime of murder ; enquired if I had any thing particu- or whether, being threatened, provoJar to mention, and Itold him “Yes.”, ked, or assaulted, he did this act The first words I said we " I have from the passion of the moment? ruined myself.” He enquired “What In the latter case, the crime in law is the matter ?” I said “ I am afraid was extremely different from that I have killed my master.” He then of wilful murder. It was not easy said it was a dreadful thing, and that to suppose that there should be such I had botter go back and resign a diabolical design formed in a short myself into the hands of justice. space of time. His lordship here Upon this I observed to him, that entered into a general review of the if I should be executed, I should be facts in evidence, and then conclu. glad if he would write to Scotland, ded:- By the witnesses who have and inform my friends there that I appeared on the part of the defend. had died suddenly. He said that ant, he seems to be, in their judghe would, and I then came back ment, a very moral young man. towards Mr. Chivers's house, but You are to judge, if you think it my heart failed me. I turned was a deliberate intention; or if it again ;' but I had not gone far be. were the ebullition of anger at the fore I met a man, who said to me, instant, under the circumstances of 65 Are you Mr. Chivers's gardener ?” provocation stated.
If the design He then told me I must go with sprung up on Wednesday, which was him ;: and I replied, “ with all my executed on Saturday, the offence heart.” He said that this was a ve- will be murder; but if it were not ry dreadful thing, and added, that previously formed, then there was he was very sorry for me ; to which no execution of such a deliberate