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The villains robbed Mr Williamson In the afternoon of Saturday week, of his watch, but it is not known whe- an inquisition was held on the bodies ther they robbed him of money. The of Mr and Mrs Williamson, and their watch taken away had the maker's servant Bridget Harrington. ! name on it," James Catchpole ;" John Turner.-I am a sawyer; I and the respective pawnbrokers have have lodged in the house of Mr Wil. received information from the magis- liamson about eight months ; I lodged trates to stop any person who should in the front garret. On Thursday offer it.—Crowds of people assembled evening, about twenty minutes before round the premises of the deceased fa- eleven, Mrs Williamson was standing mily the whole of the day-every in- at the front door ; Mr Williamson was dividual seemed horror-struck at the sitting in the middle room in his great awful spectacle of another family being chair; the servant was in the back dispatched in less than a fortnight since room. I saw no other persons in the the atrocious murders in Ratcliffe. house ; I stood by the fire ; a little highway.
man came in, Samuel Phillips, for a A person' was examined on Friday pint of beer, and told Mr Williamson at Shadwell-street office, on suspicion that there was a stout man with a very of being concerned in these horrid large coat on peeping in at the inner murders. He had in his possession, at glass door in the passage: Mr Wilthe time of his apprehension, a gallon of liamson said, “I'll see what he wants." brandy, which he said he bought at a He went out with the candle, and republic-house in Compton-street, for turned, saying, he could not see him, thirteen shillings and sixpence; a quart but if he did see him, he would send of whiskey, and a sample of British him where he ought, or would not like, brandy. The magistrates examined to go. Phillips went out, and Mr the prisoner, particularly as to where Anderson came in directly afterwards, he was at the time of the murder; and he did not stay above two or three in order to gain some positive informa- minutes. Shortly afterwards the sertion, the man was committed for a far. vant raked out the fire, and I went to ther hearing.--All the police officers bed, at wbich time Mrs Williamson are on the alert, to discover some trace followed me up stairs to her own room, of the horrid miscreants. The several with a watch and a silver punch-ladle. magistrates of the Thames, Whitecha. This was the last time that I saw them pel, and Shadwell police offices, met living. I heard Mrs Williamson lock together on Friday, at the Thames the bed-room door and go down stairs police office, for the purpose of con- again; there is no fastening to my bed. sidering and adopting the most effec- room door; I went to bed, and had tual measures for the discovery of the not been there above five minutes beperpetrators of the late atrocious mur. fore I heard the front door bang to ders, in the neighbourhood of their very hard. Immediately afterwards I respective offices.--The churchwardens heard the servant exclaim—" We are and overseers of Shadwell parish have all murdered,” or “ shall be murderadvertised a reward of 100 guineas for ed,” two or three times. I had not the discovery of the villains.
been asleep. I heard the sound of two The deceased Mr J. Williamson or three blows, but with what weapon was about 56 years of age ; his wife, I cannot say. Shortly after, I heard Mrs C. Williamson, about 60 ; and Mr Williamson cry out, “ I am a dead Bridget Harrington, the servant wo- man!” I was in bed still. About man, 50 years of age.
two or three minutes afterwards, I got
out of bed and listened at the door, I asked them what was the matter? I but could hear nothing ; I went down was told that the house was being robto the first floor, and heard the sound bed, if not the people murdered in it. of three. very heavy sighs ; I heard 'While they were breaking open the some person walk across the middle door, I ran across to my own house room on the ground floor very lightly; for a hanger. The door and the front, I was then half. way down the last pair cellar window were broken open; three of stairs, and naked; I went to the or four persons went down the cellar bottom of the stairs, and the door stood window, while myself and three or four a little on the jar. I passed through went in at the door.' We went into the opening, and by the light of a can- the middle room, where there was a dle, which was burning in the room, I light burning; there I saw Mrs Wilsaw a man apparently near six feet liamson lying upon her face, along the high, in a large rough Flushing coat hearth, with her throat cut, apparentof a dark colour, which came down to ly quite dead; she had all her clothes his heels; he was standing with his on; some keys and a box were lying back towards me, apparently leaning by the side of her, and it appeared that over some person, as if in the act of her pockets had been rifled; the ser rifling their pockets, as I heard some vant, Bridget Harrington, lying besilver rattle, and saw him rise and open tween Mrs Williamson and the fire. his coat with his left hand, and put place in the same direction, with her his right hand to his breast, as if to throat cut, the fire was out, and maput something in his pocket ; I did terials laid ready to light it in the mornnot see his face, and I only saw that ing ; she was also completely dressed, one person. I was fearful, and went and appeared to have received a violent up stairs as quick but as softly as I blowon the head. I immediately called could ; I thought first of getting un- out,“ Where is the old man Williamder the bed, but was fearful I should son.” I was answered from those in be found ; I then took the sheets, tied the cellar, “ Here he is, with his throat them together, tied them to the bed. cut.”. I went part of the way down, post, opened the window, and lowered and saw him lying upon his back in the myself down by the sheets. The cellar ; I immediately, with others, watchman was coming by, I told him proceeded to search the house; I went there was a murderer in the house, and into the back room, next to that in be assisted me in getting down; I had which I had found the bodies, and found nothing on but my nightcap, my shirt, that the inside shutter of one of the and a Jersey waistcoat. The watch. back-windows had been taken down, man sprang his rattle. Mr Fox then and the sash thrown up ; in about half came up, and said, “ Break the door an hour afterwards I examined the winopen.” I have frequently seen Mr dow more closely, and saw the winWilliamson's watch; it is a small dow-shutter, - which had been taken thick silver watch with a glass ; it had down, marked with blood, apparently a gold-coloured chain, and a large seal with the print of a hand, and there with a stone in the bottom. I never was also blood upon the inside iron saw an iron crow in the house, bar.
George Fox.-I reside in New Gra. William Salter.-I am a surgeon ; I vel-lane, opposite the house of the de. have minutely inspected the bodies of ceased. On Thursday night, as the the deceased, and found the following watch was going eleyen, I saw two marks of violence :-John Williamson watchmen at Mr Williamson's door: has a wound extending from the left
ear to within two inches of the right, the number of strangers and seamen penetrating through the windpipe, and discharged from time to time at the down to ihe vertebræ of the neck; East and West India and London and the tibia, or large bone of the docks, and the influx of foreign sailors right leg, fractured a little above the from all parts of the globe, imperiousancle, apparently from a fall, as if ly call for the solemn attention of those down stairs, because if it had been more immediately intrusted with the done by any other means, I think there administration of government ; for the must have been a laceration of the in- late and present murders are a disgrace teguments ; no marks of violence upon to the country, and almost to civiliany other parts. Elizabeth William. zation; while the exertions of the 801—the right temporal and parietal police, with the ordinary power of the dreadfully fractured, apparently from parochial officers, are found insufficient a large poker, or some such instru. to protect men's persons from the ment, comprehending nearly the whole hand of violence, and the coroner has of the right side of the head; the to record the most atrocious crimes, throat cut from ear to ear, through without the possibility of delivering the windpipe, &c.; no marks of vio- the perpetrators to justice and punishlence upon any other parts. Annment, our houses are no longer our Bridget Harrington--the right parie castles, and we are unsafe in our beds. tal bone laid open about four inches in These observations, strong as they length and two in width, with the are, will be found warranted by the brains exposed; and the throat-cut events which have lately taken place, about four inches in length through within a short distance of the spot the windpipe ; no other mark of vio. where we are now met, and by the nulence appears. I conceive their throats merous verdicts of wilful murder which, to have been cut with a razor, as none during the last three months, have but such sharp instrument could have been returned by juries,against persons cut so deep without tearing the parts, unknown, not one of whom has yet which is not the case in this instance, been discovered. Until some more their throats being cut by one inci- appropriate remedy be pointed out, it sion.
appears advisable, in the present agi. Samuel Maclenior, a cooper, corro. tation of the public mind, that parties borated the testimony of the first wit. of the military, under the direction of nesses. After he came out of the the civil power, selected from the mi-, house he proceeded up New Gravel. litia or guards, should patrole this dislane, where he saw two girls of the trict during the night. Your verdict, I town, who informed him two men had am sorry to say, will, in these cases, be run past them, one in a white rough, given generally on the evidence, as the coat, and the other a short man. perpetrators are unknown; but it may
After the evidence, the coroner de. be hoped, by the aid of that Divine livered the following charge to the Providence, which seldom permits murjury :-" Gentlemen,--The frequent der, in this life, to go unpunished, and instances of murder committed in the with the exertions which will be used, eastern part of the metropolis, which that these inhuman monsters may be disno vigilance has been successful to de- covered and brought to justice. Your tect; in a vicinity where the popula- verdict will be wilful murder against tion of the lower classes of the com- some persons unknown.” munity preponderates, increased by The jury, after a patient considera.
tion of the evidence from two o'clock who was a German, lying in bed with until late in the evening, returned a a candle in one hand, a pipe in his verdict of “ Wilful murder against mouth, and a book in the other. He some person or persons unknown.” accounted for the possession of the
Several persons were examined on money found upon him, as the produce Monday at Shadwell police office, and of some wearing apparel he left as particularly a seafaring man, named pledges at a pawnbroker's. He never John Williams, who underwent a very made any mystery of his having been long and rigid interrogation. The at Mr Williamson's on Thursday evencircumstances of suspicion were, that ing; on the contrary, he told his land. he had been frequently seen at the lady, and several other people, that he house of Mr Williamson, and that he had been with poor Mrs Williamson had been more particularly seen there and her husband a very short time about seven o'clock on Thursday week; before they were murdered, and rethat on the same evening he did not marked how cheerful Mrs Williamson go home to his lodgings until about was. twelve, when he desired a fellow-lodger, After this examination the follow. a foreign sailor, to put out his candle; ing additional circumstances came out: that, previous to this melancholy trans- -It appears that an iron mall, with action, he had little or no money, and which there is little doubt Mr Marr that when he was taken he had a good and his unfortunate family were killed, deal of silver. The magistrates de had been missing from a Mr Vermilloe's sired him to give an account of him- house, where the prisoner lodged, and self. He avowed that he had been at where it had been left for safe-keepMr Williamson's on Thursday, and at ing, along with several other tools, by other times. He had known Mr and a German seaman, named John Peter Mrs W. a considerable time, and was son, who was by trade a ship-carpenter. very intimate there. On Thursday The mall was marked with the initials evening, when he was talking to Mrs J. P. and the other tools found in VerWilliamson, she was very cheerful, milloe's house bore precisely similar and patted him on the cheek when she characters. Mr Vermilloe, who is brought him some liquor. He was now confined in Newgate for debt, was considered rather in the light of a unable to attend; but one of the ma. friend than a mere customer. When gistrates went with the mall to Newhe left their house he went to a sur- gate, for the purpose of interrogating geon's in Shadwell, for the purpose of him. Vermilloe recognized it as the getting advice for the cure of his leg, instrument which had been left in his which had been a considerable number custody by Peterson ; and said, that of years disabled in consequence of an although he would not positively swear old wound. From thence he went to that it was the same, yet the confia female chirurgeon in the same neigh. dence he certainly entertained of its bourhood, in hopes of getting his identity, was very much confirmed by cure completed at a less expence. He the circumstance of the sharp point of then went farther west, and met some the mall in question being broken; female acquaintances, and, after visit and he remembered having broken the ing several public-houses, he returned point of Peterson's mall one day when to his lodgings and went to bed. The he was breaking up some fire-wood. circumstance of his desiring his fellow. John Williams, was on Tuesday lodger to put out his candle, arose in brought up for further examination, consequence of his finding the man, when
Mrs Rice, a laundress residing in her in various ways, but her answer Union-street, Shadwell, stated, that was always evasive. she was sister-in-law to Mrs Vermilloe. Mrs Rice interposed, and said, that She had washed for the prisoner about her little boys could speak positively three years. Last Friday fortnight as to the identity of the mall, as she she washed a shirt of his which was had frequently heard them describe a very much torn about the neck and broken.pointed mall, with which they breast, and had a good deal of blood used to play. upon it, about the neck and arms: she The boys were sent for. During supposed he had been fighting. On the absence of the messenger, the priThursday week he sent another shirt soner begged to account for the manto be washed, which was also very ner in which the shirt given to the much torn, and marks of blood upon laundress on Friday fortnight, became it, which appearances she attributed torn and stained with blood. He said, likewise to fighting. The first shirt he had been dancing with his coat and she so washed was before the murder waistcoat off, at the house where he of Mr Marr; but the second was four lodged, about half-past eleven o'clock or five days afterwards. She remem- at night, and his sport having been bered the prisoner's fighting in her stopped by the watchman, he had rehouse with a lodger of her's, and that tired thus undressed to the Royal Oak, then he had a shirt torn to rags ; but to treat his musician. In the Royal this was about three weeks back. Oak he met with a number of coal.
Mrs Vermilloe stated, that she had heavers playing cards, and they insisted known Williams some years. John upon his playing. He consented, and Paterson had left a chest of tools in the lost a shilling's worth of liquor. He summer with her husband, to keep was then for retiring peremptorily, safe for him. There were two or three when a scuffle ensued between him and malls in that chest three weeks ago, one of the party, who seized him by but within that time they had disap- the shirt collar, which he tore, and peared. The box which contained then struck him a blow on the mouththem was always unlocked, and any which cut his lip, and from that wound body in the house had access to it. It issued the blood that stained his shirt. was in the same room where the prison. The magistrates told him to confine er's sea-bed was deposited. She her. himself to the shirt found bloody on self could not speak positively as to Thursday week, to which caution he any of the tools.
paid no apparent attention. The blood-stained instrument with Michael Cuthperson and John Harwhich the unfortunate Mr Marr and rison, two Prussian sailors who were his family were butchered was then fellow lodgers of the prisoner's, proved produced, at sight of which the wit- that he did not come home till one ness shrunk back with horror. It was o'clock on the night of the murder with great difficulty she could be got of Mr Marr and family. The former to look at it steadily. She was desi- of these witnesses, upon seeing the red to say whether she had not seen mall, said it was very like the one he that instrument in her husband's house, had seen thrown about Mr Vermilloe's and whether it was not the same with house. which her husband sometimes broke William Rice, a little boy about up wood ? She answered, that she eleven years old, the nephew of Mrs might have seen it, but she would not Vermilloe, was then interrogated about be positive. The question was put to the mall. Before he was shown the
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