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deadly instrument, he gave an exact had seen at the Pear-Tree. He did not description of a mall he had seen in know that Williams was an Irishman his aunt's house, and with which his from his confession ; but he had heard brother and he used to play as carpen. other persons say, he was so. He res ters, precisely corresponding with the membered Williams had large whiskers instrument found on "Mr Marr's pre. three or four days before he was taken mises after the murder. Upon being up ; but when he saw him last, he did shewn the actual mall in question, he not take particular notice of any alterecognised it, and said he was quite ration in his appearance. It did not sure it was the same he had frequently strike him that there was much alte. played with. He had not, however, ration in his face. On the night of seen it for three weeks before : but he the murder of Mr Williamson and fam was almost positive it was the same ; mily, he heard a knock at the door a and he dared to say his brother would little before one o'clock, and he was say the same.-The prisoner was re. afterwards told it was Williams. He manded.

did not think Williams was a mariner John Frederick Richter, a young from his appearance, but he had heard foreign seaman, residing at the Pear- that he was employed on board the Tree, was on Thursday examined. Roxburgh Castle Indiaman He had The circumstances of suspicion alle. also heard, that the captain of that ged against him were, in consequence of vessel had observed, that if ever Wil. a pair of blew trowsers having been liams went on shore again, he would found under his bed, in a damp state, surely be hanged. This was in allu. with the appearance of mud having sion to his bad character on board the been imperfectly washed away from ship. The witness seemed, through the knees downwards. The prisoner the whole of the examination, to an. stated that the trowsers in question swer the questions put to him with were left behind in the Pear-Tree pub- great unwillingness. The magistrates lic-house by a man who had gone to cautioned him to be careful about what sea. As nobody claimed them, he ap- he said, and encouraged him not to be propriated them to his own use. He at all afraid of speaking the truth from knew of no mud upon them. None any apprehension of the consequences. had touched them while in his posses. He still, however, persisted in his ta. sion; and although he acknowledged citurnity. having brushed, he denied ever having In the evening the magistrates rewashed them. Hs was then strictly sumed their examination, when John examined with respect to his know. Cuthperson, a fellow lodger of Wil. ledge of Williams. He said he had liams, was again examined, touching a known Williams about twelve weeks, point of apparent importance. He but not intimately. He never drank stated, that on the morning after the with him out of the house, and only murder of Mr Williamson, when he now and then held any intercourse got up, he saw a pair of his own stockwith him. He was then shown the ings lying behind his chest, very much mall found in Mr Marr's house, which dirtied with fresh mud. He took he said was exactly like the mall he them down stairs into the tap-room, had seen amongst Peterson's tools. where he found Williams. He asked Peterson had marked his tools with him who had dirtied his stockings in the initials I. P. and upon looking at that manner? Williams said, “Why! the same initials about this instrument, are they your's ?"_" Yes, they are he verily believed it was the same he mine," the witness replied. Some lit


tle dispute then ensued, as to their right Friday morning, when the turnkey of ownership, when Williams took them Cold Bath-fields prison went to the into the back-yard, and after washing cell where Williams was confined, for the dirt off, returned them to the wit. the purpose of preparing him to go ness.

before the magistrates of Shadwell po. A woman of the town attended, and lice office, for farther examination, he deposed, that two or three evenings found him suspended by the neck, from after the murder of Mr Williamson, an iron bar, quite cold and lifeless. she was standing in Shadwell, and The magistrates, however, proceeded overheard one man say to another, as to examine the evidence upon which they passed, «d n that Turner, we they intended to found his final com. will soon do for him ; for if it had not mitment. been for him the murder would not Mrs Vermilloe underwent another have been found out.” The magis. examination. Her testimony differed trates seemed to treat her evidence very little from the evidence she gave lightly.

on former examinations. She now Cornelius Hart (who had been exa. spoke with some confidence to the mined in the morning, and disclaimed mall, and said, she believed it to be all acquaintance with Williams, and the same that Peterson left in her hus. denied positively that he had called on band's custody. Mrs Vermilloe behim the day he was apprehended, and ing asked why she did not disclose her desired it might not be said he (Hart) suspicions of Williams before, said, had called) was contradicted indirect- she was afraid that he or some of his ly. It appears, that although he did acquaintance would murder her :not call himself, he sent his wife to en Q. You need not now have any such quire whether Williams had not been fear. You have heard that he has taken up on suspicion of the murder : hanged himself? . and told her to impose silence on the Ă. (Much affected and shocked) landlady of the public house, with re. Good God! I hope not. spect to the enquiry on his (Hart's.) Q. Why do you hope not? part.

Ā. (After hesitation) I should have In addition to the evidence against been sorry, if he were innocent, that Williams, it appears that on the morn. he should have suffered. ing after the murder he was seen to She said, that when Williams rewash a pair of muddy stockings, in the turned from India, three months ago, back-yard of the Pear-Tree public- he put 30l. in her husband's hands, house; and also, that he then had on which was not all expended at the time a pair of tight shoes, which creeked a of the murders. On the night of the good deal when he walked. These last murder, Williams told her that Mr circumstances, howevertrifling of them. Williamson was going next day to pay selves when unconnected with other his brewer. Williams's name, she had evidence, are of importance when com. heard, was John Murphy. . bined with the time when the murder John Harrison, sail-maker, and felhappened, the place over which the low-lodger of Williams, stated, that murderers must have climbed when he never saw any body in company with they effected their escape, and, above Williams but the carpenter (Hart). all, the testimony of Turner the lod. He had heard, that this was the same ger, who states, that he heard the man who had been working in Mr creeking of shoes in the house at the Marr's house. Williams came home time the murder was committed. On about half-past twelve on the night Mr Marr and his family were murder. answer. When he slept, he did not ed. In the morning, when witness seem to be soundly asleep, but always heard of it, he told Mrs Vermilloe. disturbed. In the morning after the He then went up stairs to Williams, murder of Williamson, he saw a pair of and told him also : Williams replied, muddy shoes under Williams's bed. in a surly manner, “I know it." He Mr Lee, the landlord of the Black. was then in bed, and had not been out Horse public-house, stated, that Wil. that morning. Witness said, he might liams used always to make very free possibly have overheard him telling when in his house. He has seen him Mrs Vermilloe. Witness had been push against his wife, and shake her reading the newspapers, containing an pockets, as if to ascertain what money account of the murder of Mr Marr; she had. On one occasion he, took and when he found the muddy stockthe liberty of putting his hand into the ings behind the chest, something like till. Witness remonstrated, and said suspicion struck him. Hethen brought he never suffered any body to meddle the stockings down stairs, and shew. with the till but his own family. He ed them to Mrs Vermilloe and others. did not know much of Williams's conFrom this circumstance, and from the nections. There was a man named general conduct of Williams, he was Cobbett with whom he seemed parti. thoroughly persuaded he was concern- cularly intimate. ed in the murder. He had told wito Mrs Hoare, an elderly woman, who ness that he was well acquainted with keeps a chandler's-shop in Sir William Mr Marr. One day he was walking Warren's-square, stated, that she had from the city with Williams; he said, known Williams a considerable time. that he believed Mr Marr had money On the Saturday night before Mr Marr to a considerable amount. When he and family were killed, he came and shewed him the muddy stockings, he sat down in her shop. It was very took them into the back-yard, and late. He asked her what premises she washed them at first in a rough man- had backwards ? She said she had no. ner in cold water ; and when witness thing but a little yard behind, which afterwards saw them they were quite reached to the yard of the house where clean. As witness slept in the same he lodged. She thought of no harm room, he had an opportunity of obserin the questions, until a chisel was ving his conduct since the murders. As shortly after brought to her by the he strongly suspected he was concern. watchman. Before Williams came, ed in them, he longed for an opportu. she heard somebody trying to open nity of searching his clothes for some the door, and heard a knocking at the marks of blood. He was, however, wall. Shortly afterwards she heard always baffled in his intentions ; for, another attempt to open the door ; upwhenever he attempted to approach his on which she asked, “ Who is there?" bed, he found him awake. He always “ It is 1,—I am coming to rob your seemed restless, continually turning house," answered Williams. She im about in his bed, and muck agitated, mediately knew his voice; and, happy, and has overheard him speaking in his that it was he, she said, “ Robber or sleep. One night since the murder, no robber, I'll let you in, and I am he heard him say, “ Five shillings in glad you are come.” She then openmy pocket-my pocket's all full of ed the door, and told him of her apo silver.” Witness called out to him re- prehensions. This was before the peatedly, what is the matter with you, watchman came. Witness knew his and what do you mean? but he got no voice, and told Williams it was the


watchman. At which information he the late murders. He heard him one flew into a violent passion, and swore night singing in his sleep, “ Fol de he would sooner see the devil. He in- rol de rol lol I have five shillings sisted that she should not let him in, my pocket is full of shillings." He but she persisted in opening the door, tried to awake him, to ask what he behind which Williams immediately was dreaming about ; but he would ran; and when it was opened, slipped not give him any answer. He proved, out behind the watchman. As soon that on Thursday morning and evenas the watchman came in, he said, ing before Mr Williamson was murder“ Here, Mrs Hoare, is a handsome ed, Williams had no money, and that present for you at your door?' shew. next morning he had a good deal. ing her a ripping chisel; “ you may John Fitzpatrick proved, that he depend upon it the person who left it left Williams in company with Hart, there had no good intentions towards the joiner, at the Ship and Royal Oak you.” Witness told him of the appre- public-house, about a quarter past hensions she experienced. Shortly af. eleven, before the murders were com. ter in came Williams again ; and, ta- mitted. This was corroborated by Miss king up the chisel, he said to the Lawrence the landlord's daughter. watchman, “D-n you, where did The examination here concluded. you get this chisel ?"" He replied, “I On Friday, a coroner's inquest was found it at Mrs Hoare's door there?” held at the House of Correction, Williams then said, “Whoever owned Clerkenwell, on the body of John this chisel, never intended Mrs Hoare Williams, who was found dead in his any good.”

cell in the prison. The Magistrate." What do you Thomas Webb.--I am surgeon to suppose Williams went out in such a the prison; I was called to the deceased hurry for ?”

this morning ; I found him in his cell Witness. " I take it he went out lying on his back on the bed, where to look for the chisel, but could not he had been placed by the person who find it.” She said she was then told cut him down ; he was dead and cold, by the watchman, that nobody else and had been dead many hours; on but Williams had left the chisel at the his neck, on the right side, is a very door.

deep impression of a knot, and a mark The chisel was produced and shewn all round the neck as from the handto Mrs Vermilloe, and she identified kerchief by which he had been susit as the property of John Peterson. pended; the handkerchief was still It had his initials on it, and the same on the neck; I saw no other marks maker's name as the other tools.. of violence on his body; I have no

John Cobbett stated, that he had doubt he died from strangulation; he known Williams perfectly well. He told me, the day before yesterday, he had been with him frequently at Mr was perfectly easy and satisfied, for Williamson's, but he knew none of that nothing could happen to him. his acquaintances. He wished very Francis Knott. I am a prisoner much to have scen Williams, as he here; I saw the deceased alive and had no doubt he should have been well yesterday, at about half past three able to get something out of him con- in the afternoon; he asked me if he cerning the murders.

could see his friends ? I told him I Cuthperson, the other fellow-lodger did not know. This morning, at of Williams, proved, that he had al- about half.past seven o'clock, Joseph ways been very restless at nights since Becket, the turnkey, came to me in


the yard, and desired me to go up to Joseph Becket. I am turnkey the cell of the deceased and cut him here ; I locked the deceased up about down, for that he had found him ten minutes before four yesterday af hanging; I went up immediately, and ternoon; he was then alive and well; put my arm round his body, and cut I asked him if he wanted any thing the handkerchief, part of which was he said no. Between seven and eight round his neck, and the other part was this morning I unlocked the door of fastened to the rail which the bed and his cell ; I discovered him hanging on clothes are hung upon in the day-time the rail in his cell, with his feet nearly --the rail is six feet three inches from or quite touching the ground, with a the ground; he was cold, and seemed white handkerchief round his neck, to have been dead some time: he was which handkerchief I had seen him ironed on the right leg.

wear ; I called Knott and Harris, and Henry Harris.-I am also a prisoner saw him cut down. here; I was standing at my cell door Mr Unwin, the coroner, then ad. about half past seven; Mr Becket dressed the jury :-" The miserable came to me, and desired me to help wretch, the object of the present enKnott with the man who had hung quiry, was committed here on sus. himself. I went up, and found Knott picion of being one of the perpetra. standing at the door of the deceased's tors of the late alarming and most in. cell; Knott observed to me, the de- human murders, and that suspicion is ceased had hung himself on the rail ; greatly increased by the result which I went in and saw him hanging to the has taken place ; for how much aug. rail with a handkerchief round his mented is the suspicion of guilt against neck, one end of which was attached a man, who, to escape justice, has reto the rail; I assisted Knott in cutting course to self-destruction. All homihim down.

cide is murder, till the contrary shall William Hassel.-I am clerk to the be shewn. The law ranks the suicide prison. The deceased was placed in in the worst class of murderers, and the re-examination cell, and ironed on this is a case of most unqualified selfthe right-leg; I considered him secure; murder. I have applied my attention he was placed in the prison as persons to the conduct of those entrusted with for re-examination invariably are; I the custody of this wretched man, as went up to him on the morning of a subject interesting to the public the 25th, to ask him his age-he told mind, and I leave it with you : I think me he was 27 years of age; I observed there is no culpability attaching itself to him his situation was awkward-he to them. It only therefore remains said he was not guilty, and hoped the that we consign the body of this self. saddle would be put upon the right murderer to that infamy and disgrace horse; I asked him his business—he which the law has prescribed ; and to replied he was a seafaring man, and leave the punishment of his crimes to said he was a Scotsman. Williams in him that has said « Vengeance is mine person is about five feet eight inches and I will repay."-Verdict, felo de and a half in height; he was dressed se. in a brown great-coat lined with silk, Mr Atkins, the keeper of the prison, a blue under.coat with yellow buttons, was so indisposed, that he was unable blue and white waistcoat, stripped blue to attend the inquest. pantaloons, brown worsted stockings, A number of persons, taken up upand shoes ; he is by no means of an on suspicion, have been discharged, athletic make.

among whom was Symons the soldier,

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