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Painful Suicide of a Widow

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Painful Suicide of a Widow

Post by Karen on Fri 29 Jul 2011 - 9:59

I have been trying to ascertain the identity of the female who was murdered during Christmas week of 1887 - but this is a weird one!


At the Foresters' Arms, St. Leonard's-road, Bromley, yesterday afternoon, Mr. Wynne E. Baxter held an inquest on the body of Jane Dowman, aged 53 years, a widow, lately residing at 104, Teviot-street, Bromley. - Christopher Thomas William Dowman, a son, said his mother had been much depressed since the death of her husband. - Stephen Robert Kelly, 395 K, stated that at about twenty minutes to ten o'clock on Christmas Eve a bargeman named Adams came to him in St. Leonard's-road, and gave him a little black leather bag, found by the side of the River Lea. It contained a piece of paper, upon which was written, "No blame to anyone. Mrs. Jane Dowman, 104, Teviot-street, Bromley." - The Jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind." - The son then said he was informed by the police on Saturday night of the bag being found, and he went with Police-constable 395 K to the Bromley lock, and applied for the drags. The lockkeeper looked out of his window, and refused to come out and unlock the drags, saying they had no drags but private ones, and ordered him off. The lockkeeper came out in about an hour, and let him have the drags. The search was fruitless, and the body was not recovered until the next morning. He considered the conduct of the lockkeeper was unmanly. The Jury strongly condemned the action of the lockkeeper, and requested the Coroner to write to the Lea Conservancy, calling their attention to his conduct.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday December 28, 1887, Page 3

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