Yesterday morning about 6 o’clock, a most horrid and barbarous Murder was committed at the house of one Widow Johnson (a person who lets out lodgings in this Borough) by cutting the throat and stabbing in several parts of his body, of which wounds he instantly died, one Edward Brown, a travelling pedlar. Upon the examination of Widow Johnson this day before the Coroner’s Inquest, it appeared that the above Edward Brown, with two other persons (described in the above advertisement) came to her house in Church-gate, Leicester, and asked if she had one room wherein they could all lodge, upon which she shew’d them a room which they said would do very well, that they spent the evening together and seemed very merry, then yesterday morning about seven o’clock when Mrs Johnson got up, she went as usual to the street door but missed the key, upon which she went up Stairs to enquire for it, and when she got to the stair head, she saw the deceased lie murdered upon the floor, with a great deal of blood about, with that she immediately went down stairs into the yard and called out to her neighbours, who wrenched open the door and alarmed the neighbourhood.
A journeyman baker, who lodged in the same house, deposed, that he lodged in another room in the same house, that he went to bed about nine on wednesday evening, that he went through the double bedroom and saw three people in bed, that he says the next morning he awaked, and hearing a knocking in the other room, asked what was the clock, that one of ’em answered, and believes it was the woman and said she could not tell, that immediately after either the man or the woman got up to the window and said it was day-light and the next time the clock struck it would be seven, that the journeyman went to his chamber-window and perceiving it not day-light went to bed again, that in about an hour after the woman called out to him and asked him if he would not go to work, that he got up about a quarter before six to go to work, that as he was going down stairs the woman, as he believes, called to him not to take the key for that he (her husband, as he thought she meant) must go to work, that he returned for answer, if they would have the key they must come after him and fetch it, or that the old woman (widow Johnson) would take it into her room, upon which one of ’em, either the man or woman came down stairs and took the key out of the door.
A woman who lives in the next house, deposed, that about six o’clock on thursday morning, she heard a dismal cry in one of the chambers belonging to widow Johnson, that she heard people talk very loud and in great passion, that she heard a terrible groaning, and something like a lump falling heavy on the floor.
Two surgeons who examined the body, deposed, that they found his throat cut, and three several wounds in his left breast, that it did not appear to them that the wound in his throat was mortal, nor did the first wound in his breast appear to be mortal, but that the second wound in his breast appeared to be immediately mortal, being made between the third and fourth ribs through part of the lungs and into the heart, and that the third wound in his breast was made between between the sixth and seventh ribs into the pericardium, and which they also apprehend would have caused death, though not so suddenly as the before-mentioned wound: and that they also apprehend and believe that the said wounds were given by some sharp pointed instrument.
The Coroner’s jury brought in their verdict, Wilful Murder by Persons unknown.
P.S. We are this moment informed by a messenger from Kettering in Northamptonshire, that the two persons concerned in committing the above execrable Murder were last night taken at that place; there were found upon ’em 16 guineas and three or four shillings in silver, with ribbons and other effects to the amount of 20l. and upwards, in the Woman’s bundle was found an apron all over blood, with several spots of blood on the Man’s waistcoat, breeches, hands, etc. They both confessed the murder and were this day at 4 o’clock taken before Mr. Hill of Rowell, and by him committed to Northampton gaol.