By Malcolm Archibald
Nineteenth-century Dundee used to be a difficult, unforgiving position. for plenty of of its electorate, it was once the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they became to crime. yet what was once it rather like either for the criminals and the law-abiding voters to dwell within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the genuine Dundee of the 19th century and the standard and awesome crimes of the days. in addition to the standard household violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued town whereas Resurrectionists triggered panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an stunning number of crimes through ladies, in addition to hugely strange crimes resembling the robbery of a whale at sea. by contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, chargeable for apprehending criminals ahead of the appearance of the police. It used to be a difficult activity in a difficult urban, however the punishments have been serious because the gurus fought...
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After yet another argument, he had assaulted his common-law wife and she had taken out the summons and the only reason he had given himself up in the first place, was to avoid that being served upon him. There were, however, two problems for Sharpe to overcome. The first of these was that he had given a fairly accurate report of what must have actually happened inside the murder house. That was, possibly, explained by Sharpe’s claim that he had read those details in the local newspapers, but the second factor was more difficult to explain.
The trial of both defendants took place on 12 May 1851. ’ The post-mortem on Caroline had been carried out by Mr Frederick Sotherby Miller, who found a large blood clot in her head. Several blood vessels had ruptured and broken and the brain was floating on a large quantity of blood. By now, the strange woman at the scene had been traced and she now gave the court her testimony. Susannah Blanchfield said that on Saturday, 5 April, she had left the service of Mr Sturry, at 7 Denbigh Place, Pimlico.
Ann replied that she was well and, unable to clearly see the man who was still approaching, asked Mary if it was her husband. ’ There was no reply. Francis merely stepped forward, took something from beneath his coat and plunged it violently into Mary Ann’s side. Mary Ann staggered against Ann Diamond and then slowly fell to the ground. ’ Various people came to Mary Ann’s aid and she was rushed to St George’s Hospital. However, despite prompt medical attention, she died from her wound later that night and Francis found himself facing a charge of wilful murder.
A Sink of Atrocity: Crime in 19th-Century Dundee by Malcolm Archibald