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Post by Karen on Thu 8 Sep 2011 - 19:27

Over the next couple of days I intend to post the strange and unusual happenings inside of the walls of Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. This asylum was not for violent patients, most of the staff were the ones who were violent:

DEATH OF A KILBURN MAN AT COLNEY HATCH ASYLUM.
VERY UNSATISFACTORY.

Dr. Danford Thomas, Coroner for Central Middlesex, held an inquest on Friday week at the Lunatic Asylum, Colney Hatch, concerning the death of John Stickley, aged 68, a house decorator, an inmate of the asylum, whose death resulted from a mysterious injury.
Albert Stickley, residing at 42, Denmark Road, Kilburn, son of the deceased, stated that his father was taken before the magistrate at the Marylebone Police Court on Saturday, last week, and Dr. Gibson, certifying him as insane, he was ordered to be removed to the asylum. He was taken there in a cab by the relieving officer. The witness on Monday night received information that his father was dangerously ill, and on his going to the asylum the next day he learnt that he was dead. The witness was also informed that the deceased's jaw was broken, and when asked how it occurred he was told that he was brought there with his jaw broken.
John Clarke, relieving officer for Hendon, who took Stickley to the asylum in a cab, said he assisted him into the waiting-room, and at that time the deceased had no sign of injury or bleeding from the mouth.
Dr. William Seaward, medical superintendent of the male department, stated that he had made inquiries into the matter, and had been unable to find out from the attendants that the deceased received any injuries after reception at the asylum.
Mr. James Swanson, one of the assistant medical officers, stated that at half-past two on Saturday he was called to see Stickley, and on examining him he found blood coming from his mouth, and afterwards noticed that he had a severe compound fracture of the jaw on the left side.
Samuel John Way, an attendant, said he observed no marks of injury about the deceased when admitted, but subsequently his attention was called to the deceased, who had blood on his fingers, a tooth having been found in his hand. The witness was unable to ascertain whether the deceased had had a fall.
The Coroner said it was most unsatisfactory that they were unable to find out how the deceased came by his injuries.
The jury, after half an hour's deliberation, found that death was due to exhaustion, following melancholia and pneumonia, and that it was accelerated by the shock of the fracture. They added that they considered it most unsatisfactory that no evidence was forthcoming to show how the injuries were received.

Source: The Courier, June 30, 1888, Page 2

N.B. Could these unexplained happenings be part of the explanation why Aaron Kosminski/Kosorimski threw a chair shortly after being admitted to Colney Hatch? There are many more instances such as these, which I will post in due time.

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Post by Karen on Thu 8 Sep 2011 - 19:48

DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH ASYLUM.
STRANGE PROCEEDINGS.

Particulars of some very remarkable incidents at Colney Hatch asylum for lunatics transpired yesterday. It seems that as far back as Feb. 11, 1871, Mrs. McCann, who resides at 21, Sandycombe-road, Richmond, sent her father, Mr. Gilbert MacCaulay, to Colney Hatch asylum. Till the beginning of the present month he was well and comfortable. On Sept. 7 Mrs. McCann received the following telegram, which had been handed in at New Southgate: -

Your father is sinking fast. - SEWARD.

Mrs. McCann despatched a wire to the asylum authorities asking for further information, and on Sept. 10 she received a second telegram in these words: -

Funeral Friday, 11 o'clock. Letter follows. Colney Hatch.

The second telegram was handed in at New Southgate at 11:07 a.m. on Sept. 10, and on receipt of the tidings, which seemed to confirm their worst fears, Mr. and Mrs. McCann prepared for the funeral, and the lady went out to order the mourning garments. She had no sooner returned home than she found a further telegram awaiting her, also dated Sept. 10, and handed in at 12:12. This was as follows: -

Please ignore previous telegrams. MacCaulay in the usual health. - Superintendent Colney Hatch.

The letter which followed in due course was dated London County Asylum, Colney-hatch, N., Sept. 10, 1900, and was in these terms: -

Madam, - When your telegram was replied to it was concluded that your father, Gilbert MacCaulay, was dead; but upon inquiry it was found not to be the case. In the event of his death, notice will at once be sent you informing you of the day and time of his funeral. - Yours faithfully, ROBERT STERLAND, Acting Clerk of the Asylums.

Mr. McCann then wrote for an explanation. In reply the subjoined letter was forwarded from Colney Hatch to his wife, dated Sept. 15, this being over three days after he had written: -

Madam, - If you call at the asylum tomorrow (Sunday) to visit your father, you will be able to see the medical superintendent on the subject you mention. - Yours faithfully, CECIL F. BEADLES, Acting Medical Superintendent.

On the same date (Sept. 15) a letter was despatched from Colney Hatch, signed by "W.T. Seward," in which the writer regretted to inform Mrs. McCann that her father died at 6:30 that evening. The letter also stated that when Mrs. McCann's first telegram was received the clerk at the office supposed he was dead and Mr. Seward said he was sorry the mistake should have occurred. A printed form enclosed showed that the cause of death was senile decay and exhaustion. Mrs. McCann also received intimation that the funeral would take place at the Northern cemetery at New Southgate on Friday at "11 a.m. precisely." The form likewise stated that the mourners wishing to see the deceased must be at the asylum at 10 o'clock on the morning of the day named. Mr. and Mrs. McCann arrived at the asylum a few minutes after ten o'clock. They found the body placed in the coffin, and in the hearse, and were consequently unable to see the deceased.
The deceased, it is stated, was an artist of no mean merit.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, September 23, 1900, Page 2

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VISIT TO COLNEY HATCH AND WHAT CAME OF IT.

Mr. Kershaw again brought forward the question of the visit to Colney Hatch Asylum by the Committee of Guardians, accompanied by Dr. Norton. The Committee, supported by the Doctor, were of opinion that nine males and nine females among the Shoreditch patients were sane enough to be discharged. Whatever had been done in the past it seemed to him had never been done satisfactorily as far as the visiting of the asylums was concerned. The Committee went rather more thoroughly into the cases than had ever been done before. As soon as he began to ask questions he was told by an old Guardian to leave that to the doctor.
Mr. Winkler: That is untrue.
Mr. Kershaw said several of the patients seemed quite as sane as the Committee and the more questions they asked the more they were impressed with the fact that some of these people were only relegated to the asylum because they became troublesome at the Workhouse or Infirmary. The Committee selected 18 of the mildest cases and he moved that the Doctor at Colney Hatch be asked to report as to these patients.
Mr. Errington seconded and the Board agreed.
Mr. Winkler denied in toto Mr. Kershaw's statement that the lunacy cases were never so well enquired into before. Last year he had to go to every asylum, and he personally enquired into every case, and could show correspondence which he had with the doctors about the different patients. Two or three were released, but three or four months afterwards two of the cases had to go back again. There was not the slightest doubt that some Guardians went as dead weights to have a day's outing, but other members did their best, and the old Board took as much trouble as the new one.
Mrs. Garbard said when she accompanied the Committee to Colney Hatch they were there for a very little while, and no one spoke to the patients but the Doctor.
Mrs. Grout said the procedure was exactly the same at Claybury, and she had good reason to believe that one woman was sent only because she was troublesome at Shoreditch, but as it was her first visit she did not say anything.
Mr. Sackett said as an old member he had been to the asylums for many years, and he thought Mr. Kershaw a most wonderful man to find 18 sane people in one asylum on his first visit. He had received letters from patients, and the more they wrote the more convinced he was they were quite mad.

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, July 2, 1898, Page 3

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Woolf Cohen

Post by Karen on Thu 8 Sep 2011 - 20:40

LONDON COUNTY SESSIONS.
(North Division at Clerkenwell.)

FIRST OFFENDERS' ACT.

Woolf Cohen was indicted for stealing a watch and chain, value 3 pounds, the property of William Greaves. - The prisoner went into the shop of Mr. Greaves, a pawnbroker, and pledged two boxes of cigars, and, while doing so, picked up a chain from off the counter and walked out of the shop. Half an hour afterwards he was arrested when trying to pledge it at another pawnbroker's in the neighbourhood. - The prisoner pleaded "Guilty." It was stated that some years ago the prisoner was confined in Colney Hatch asylum, and that he had never been in possession of all his faculties since. He had two brothers, both of whom died in lunatic asylums. - Mr. Warry said he should deal with the prisoner under the First Offenders Act, and bind him over to come up for judgment when called upon.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, February 22, 1891, Page 11

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PATIENT'S DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH.
HIS STATEMENT TO HIS WIFE.

Dr. George Danford Thomas, the coroner for the Central Division of the County of London and Middlesex, held a long inquiry at the London County Lunatic Asylum, Colney Hatch, last night, concerning the death of John Seager, aged 58 years, an inmate of the Asylum, whose death took place on Sunday last. - Sarah Seager, living at 4, Nelson-street, Hackney-road, the widow, stated that the deceased, a carpenter and joiner, became, at the end of last year, of unsound mind, and she had him removed by the parish authorities. On Thursday last she visited him, and was surprised to find him in bed in another ward to which he had been in when she previously saw him. She asked him how it was he was there, and he replied, "They have broken my ribs." He added that he had been in bed 17 days. The attendant, however, who was present, stated that he had only been in bed nine days. She asked him how his ribs were broken, and he replied, "I wanted to give the doctor a letter, and the warder would not let me, and the warder pushed me down on a settee and sat on me." Deceased then said that he did not get such good food there as he did at the other ward. The bread was so thick that he could not bite it. The attendant who was in the ward told her that he did not know how the deceased's ribs were broken. On Saturday evening she received a letter from the Asylum, stating that the deceased was seriously ill. When she arrived the following morning she learned that the deceased had died at an early hour. She then told Dr. Seward about the statement her husband made to her, and was informed that it was not an attendant that had pushed him down, but a fellow patient. - Dr. Seward, Medical Superintendent of the Asylum, stated that on the 24th ult., when he visited the ward, the deceased said something about a letter, and wanted him to let him out at once. He walked down the ward, and seeing that the deceased was following him, he quickened his steps. He afterwards heard that the ward attendant, Charles Hardy, had taken the deceased back to a recess, or a kind of sitting-room, and that when putting him to sit down on one part of the settee the deceased accidentally knocked against a patient named Jessop, who at once pushed him, causing him to fall on to the floor. In the fall he struck his right side on the corner of the settee. Deceased making no complaint, it was not thought that he had been injured. The next day he was noticed to be in pain, and on examination it was found that there was a fracture of two ribs on the right side. The deceased afterwards said the attendant pushed him down, but on witness questioning him more closely he said that the attendant had simply put him to sit down on a settee, and that a patient had pushed him off. Death was due to influenza and pneumonia when suffering from general paralysis and two fractured ribs. - Richard B. Liege, an inmate of the Asylum, gave evidence as to the deceased's fall. He said that, owing to another patient having his legs stretched out, deceased stumbled over them, and fell, hitting himself on his right side, on the settee. - Charles Albert Hardy, the attendant, corroborated this. - The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

Source: The Echo, Friday February 12, 1892, Page 4

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THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH.

The clerk read a letter from the Lunacy Commissioners, thanking the Guardians for placing before them the statements respecting the death of John Stickley (who it will be remembered died under singular circumstances in the Colney Hatch Asylum) and the medical certificate, and stating that they (the Lunacy Commissioners) were awaiting the result of the inquiry which was being made by the Committee of visitors.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDES.

A letter was also read asking that when people were admitted into the hospital suffering from self-inflicted wounds information of the same should be immediately sent to the Commissioners of Police.

Source: The Courier, July 14, 1888, Page 3

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LOCAL NOTES.
Kilburn.

The mysterious death of a Kilburn man in the Colney Hatch Asylum, particulars of which will be found in another column, ought to be further inquired into.

Source: The Courier, June 30, 1888, Page 5

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STRANGE DEATH IN AN ASYLUM.

Robert Sutton, who was a commission agent, and 50 years of age, was an inmate of the Colney Hatch Asylum. He had suffered from acute mania for some months, and on the 15th March had a quarrel with another patient, the result of which was that the latter pushed him over a settee. A few days later abscesses made their appearance on the hand and leg, and on the 14th of this month Sutton died. An inquest was held on the body last night, and it was then stated that when a post-mortem examination was made, no less than seven of the deceased's ribs were found to be fractured. Medical evidence showed that the fractures might have been sustained by the fall over the settee, and a verdict of "Death from exhaustion, consequent on severe mania," was returned, the Jury finding also that the fractured ribs were the result of accident.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday April 18, 1888, Page 3

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DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH ASYLUM.
DISCOVERY OF BROKEN RIBS AFTER DEATH.

This afternoon, Dr. W. Wynn Westcott held an inquest at Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum on the body of Thomas Dunn Colton, aged 72, a patient in the asylum, formerly a greengrocer, of 7, Bircham-street, Poplar. - Dr. W.J. Seward, medical superintendent of the male department, said the deceased was on his admission suffering from "senile dementia." He was restless, incoherent, and laboured under delusions, one of which was that the Princess of Wales met him in the street and offered him a glass of beer. Being feeble, he was at first taken to the infirmary, thence he was removed in November to one of the ordinary wards, but afterwards again transferred to the infirmary. From the 28th ult. he was confined to his bed. On the 29th he was noticed to get up, approach the door of the infirmary, and fall down. He gradually sank, and died on the 1st inst. He was too feeble to be violent. The injury which the deceased sustained was attributed to the fall. - Dr. R. Jones, assistant medical officer in the male department, deposed to having made a post-mortem examination, and finding an old fracture of the tenth and eleventh ribs on the right side. The fracture of the tenth rib was completely united; but in the case of the eleventh rib there was a "false joint" - the union had not been completed. Witness believed the fractures occurred six months ago. On the left side the sixth and seventh ribs were fractured. The fracture was of very recent date. It might have occurred on the 29th ult., when the deceased fell. The man's ribs, it was added, were very brittle, and would snap as easily as the stem of a clay pipe. Death was due to "senile dementia." Witness did not think the fracture of the ribs accelerated death. The daughter of the dead man made some complaints as to his treatment, and thought more attention should have been paid to him when he was dying; but, after a long inquiry, the Jury attributed death to "senile dementia" and natural causes.

Source: The Echo, Tuesday February 7, 1888, Page 4

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The following article may prove that a photograph of Aaron Kosorimski exists somewhere:

PHOTOGRAPHING THE PATIENTS.

Occasionally difficulties arise about the identity of persons committed to public asylums should death take place while they are retained as patients. The Asylums Committee of the London County Council have now given directions that each patient shall be photographed on arrival at the asylum. This has necessitated the provision of photographic apparatus, and at Colney Hatch a studio is being built, and one of the officials has been appointed photographer. The cured patients on leaving will also be photographed, and it is possible that a comparison of the two photographs will be of interest to scientists.

Source: The Echo, Tuesday October 4, 1892

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DR. SHEPPARD'S REPORT.

The clerk submitted to the Board a report of Dr. Sheppard, the Medical Superintendent at Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, stating that the boy Hamilton, was not suffering from insanity; but, on the contrary, that he was amiable and well-behaved, and it was a very improper case to send there.
Mr. Collins said he was very pleased to hear the report of Dr. Sheppard read, as it was quite clear that the course taken by the Board was a correct one in objecting to send the boy to a lunatic asylum; but the Commissioners in Lunacy were of an adverse opinion, and ordered him to go there. The boy went on the 14th of February, and he had been there seventeen days. There had not been the slightest symptoms of insanity in him ever since he had been there. The Medical Superintendent had examined him, and he was of opinion that he was not suffering from unsoundness of mind.
Mr. Engleburtt concurred with the observations of Mr. Collins. He thought the boy ought not to have been sent to a lunatic asylum.

Source: The Easter Times, Saturday March 28, 1863

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HACKNEY GUARDIANS.
RELIEVING OFFICERS' EXPENSES.

Mr. E. Jones called attention to the charges made for conveying patients to Colney Hatch and other asylums. One item he noticed was for 3 pounds 13s., whilst another was for 12s. He thought in some instances the charges were excessive, and it was scandalous for the ratepayers' money to be spent in that way.
Mr. J. Jones stated that he had carefully looked through all the items, and he thought the charges were justifiable, and from general observation and experience he thought the relieving officers were most reasonable in making their charges.
Mr. E. Jones moved that the further consideration of the matter be referred to the Finance Committee.
This was seconded and carried.

Source: The Mercury, Saturday September 1, 1888, Page 3

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DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH.
A LUNATIC'S BROKEN RIBS.

Yesterday Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquest at the London County Lunatic asylum, Colney Hatch, on the body of Edward John Munn, aged 77 years, of 183, Mortimer-road, Kensal-green, who died in the asylum on Wednesday. - The evidence showed that the deceased was a retired laundryman. He left home very suddenly on Tuesday, the 7th inst. - His relatives made every inquiry but failed to discover his whereabouts for some days. Then they received information through the police. - Police-constable Walter Goss, 384 D, stated that he was on duty at 7:30 a.m. on the 8th inst., at the corner of Oxford-street and Tottenham-court-road, when his attention was called to a man whose clothing was covered in mud, and who was acting in a most eccentric and peculiar manner. The constable took him to the Tottenham-court-road police-station, whence he was transferred to the St. Giles' workhouse, where he was placed in a special padded room, and carefully watched day and night. Subsequently he was examined by a justice of the peace, who, after the written evidence of two medical men, signed an order for his removal to the Colney-hatch asylum. On Tuesday last the deceased was in a quiet and reserved condition, and was removed to the asylum in care of experienced attendants. On arrival there he was examined by Dr. Harold Patterson, who found him in an exhausted state from mania, but from an examination made the doctor failed to discover any fractured ribs. Dr. Patterson again saw the deceased at 6:45 p.m., and at that time there was no change. He was watched during the night by a relay of attendants, but at 7:20 the following morning, the 15th inst., he died somewhat suddenly. The autopsy showed that there were three broken ribs. The fractured ribs had nothing whatever to do with the death, which was brought about by exhaustion following acute mania, combined with aortic disease of the heart, a purely natural cause. -
Charles Butler, night attendant on the insane at St. Giles' workhouse, stated that he had the deceased under his care for about a week, and knew that he was watched day and night. Deceased used to attempt to get out of bed, and had asked for a knife and other instruments with which to end his life. He refused food, and tried to throw himself about, and consequently had to be held by his arms and legs.
The jury returned the following verdict: "That the death was the result of exhaustion while suffering from acute mania and aortic disease of the heart - a natural cause;" and added, "the fractured ribs were difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose during life."

Source: Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, Sunday July 19, 1896

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STRANGE DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH.
THE PUBLIC AND THE LUNACY LAWS.

Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquiry at the London County Lunatic Asylum, Colney Hatch, last night, relative to the death of Charles Brown, aged 52 years, a bootmaker, lately living at 38, William-street, Marylebone, whose death took place in the asylum on the previous Monday. The deceased had for some time past complained of severe pains in his head. On the 9th of last month, when putting up a shelf in his shop, he fell, after which he complained of pains in the back. He became strange in his manner, had delusions that persons were following him. He was very violent, and attempted to place his wife on the fire, besides which he threw a paraffin lamp at her. The relieving officer being communicated with, Dr. Norman Kerr was called to see him, and certified that he was suffering from mania and alcoholism, in consequence of which he was removed to the Marylebone Workhouse, and there remained for three days, when, being certified to be a lunatic, he was removed by the relieving officer to the Asylum. On his admission Dr. Seaward, the medical superintendent, in accordance with a practice made there of a thorough examination being made of all patients directly they are brought there, and that in the presence of the person bringing them there, was made. Dr. Seaward, after examining the deceased, told the relieving officer that the deceased had fractured ribs, on which the deceased, who had heard the conversation, said that he supposed that they were caused by a fall he had when at home. - Mr. S. Syms, the relieving officer who removed the deceased to the asylum, said that under the last Lunacy Act any relieving officer or police-constable could remove any person who was deemed to be of unsound mind. - The Relieving officer said he could not take action without a magistrate's order. - Evidence having been given as to the cause of death, the jury found that the man died from accidental causes.

Source: The Echo, Saturday January 7, 1893, Page 2

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HACKNEY BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

THE COST OF LUNATIC REMOVALS.

The Board was for some time engaged in the criticism of the expenses of various relieving officers in removing lunatics from the Infirmary at Homerton to the various lunatic asylums. Replying to Mr. Kemp, the Clerk read the particulars of a case removed to Colney Hatch, the expenses being 19s. 6d.
Mr. Kemp: For a short journey like that it is scandalous.
Mr. Grimsdell considered that 1s. 6d. charged for baiting the horse was simply putting 1s. 6d. into the coachman's pocket.
The Rev. G.P. Read asked for the particulars in the removal of a case to Northampton, which were read as follows: - Notices to the Justices of the Peace, 2d.; telegrams, 1s. 6d.; railway fare of patient from Euston to Northampton, 7s. 6d.; refreshment for patient, 1s. 7d.; return fare for self, 13s. 6d., ditto for attendant, 13s. 6d. conveyance from station to asylum, 6s. 6d.; refreshment for two persons for one day, 9s. 8d.; excess for two persons to Homerton 8d.; attendance, 5s.; postages, 3d. total, 3 pounds 0s. 4d.
Dr. Millar said the enormous expense entailed on the parishes in London of sending these cases so far away was due to the justices of the peace not having done what they should have done in the way of providing accommodation for the reception of pauper cases.
A discussion in which Mr. J. Jones, Mr. Kemp, the Rev. G.P. Read, and others took part, and the relative cost and conveniences of lunatics being treated in public and private asylums were reviewed, ensued, it being stated that while the cost in a private asylum was 18s. or 19s. a week, that in a county asylum was 9s. to 10s.
Mr. E. Jones said the cost to the Board for the removal of lunatics for six months was 274 pounds. He had appeared before the auditor in regard to it, and had taken out the particulars at the last audit, but the auditor said he had no power as these accounts were certified by the Justice of the Peace upon whose order the case was sent away.
Eventually on the motion of Mr. Steel, seconded by Mr. Martin, it was decided that the whole question be referred to the Infirmary Committee for consideration and report.

Source: The Hackney Express and Shoreditch Observer, July 7, 1888, Page 3

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DEATH IN COLNEY HATCH.
A Strange Delusion.

At Colney Hatch Asylum on Saturday Dr. Danford Thomas held an inquest on Jane Murphy, a domestic servant. The deceased had been an inmate of St. Pancras Workhouse, and after two falls there she became insane and was removed to the Asylum. - Dr. W.J. Seaward stated that the paper sent with the deceased was to the effect that she was under the delusion that she had a child, and that she would jump out of bed, roll up the bedding, and nursing it, she would call it her baby. Soon after her admission he found her right ankle was broken. In lunatics the bones became brittle and easily broken. The deceased was put to bed, and death ensued on Tuesday from exhaustion from brain disease. - In answer to the coroner, Dr. Seaward said he did not think the injury to the ankle had anything to do with the death. - The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

Source: The Echo, Monday November 9, 1896, Page 3

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Post by Karen on Sat 10 Sep 2011 - 23:16

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A strange death has occurred in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. One of the female patients deliberately swallowed a spoon, and died shortly after from the injuries she received.

Source: The Putney and Wandsworth Borough News, Saturday August 5, 1893, Page 3

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Post by Karen on Sat 10 Sep 2011 - 23:28

CROYDON PETTY SESSIONS.

A PAUPER'S COMPLAINT. - Annie Laxton, a pauper inmate of the Holborn Union workhouse, at Mitcham, was charged on remand with being guilty of refractory conduct in the dining-hall, and further with assaulting Martha Witham, the superintendent of the laundry. The case had been adjourned from the previous Saturday, owing to a statement made by the prisoner to the effect that Miss Witham and Mrs. Deacon, wife of the gate porter, had ill-treated her by pushing her down and holding her by the hair of her head without any sufficient reason, and Laxton now called two other inmates who fully bore out her allegations. It also transpired that the prisoner had been for three years an inmate of Colney Hatch Lunatic asylum. After hearing the whole of the evidence, Sir Thomas Edridge (chairman) said the Bench had to consider what had been said, not only by the Union officers, but the witnesses called on behalf of the prisoner; and they were strongly of opinion that if the officials, Witham and Deacon, would act firmly, but more quietly, many of these cases would not occur. He did not think a sufficient amount of consideration was shown some of the inmates. There was a case in point. This woman had been in a lunatic asylum and was more likely to be excited and to misbehave herself than some people. If the workhouse officials would conduct themselves in a different manner, they would find themselves obeyed far more readily than they now were, and the Bench would not be so constantly having these cases brought before them. However, the prisoner had done what was wrong, and would go to gaol for seven days.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, November 17, 1889, Page 3

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Post by Karen on Sun 11 Sep 2011 - 0:33

SISTERS MACDONALD AGAIN.
RESTATE THEIR GRIEVANCE IN COURT.

The sisters Clara and Annie Macdonald, who have been so frequently charged at the West-end police-courts, with wilful damage, and sleeping in the open air without visible means of subsistence, were brought before Mr. D'Eyncourt, at Westminster, today, as vagrants, and as having neither home nor habitation. As on the occasion of an appearance at Marlborough-street one of the sisters threw a bottle at Mr. Newton, the assistant jailer, now ordered Clara to take her hand from her pocket, and other precautions were observed to prevent the repetition of such a proceeding.

WELL EDUCATED AND WELL BROUGHT UP.

The evidence was to the effect that the women and a little boy belonging to Clara were found asleep in a doorway in Castle-lane, Westminster, at two o'clock this morning, and Clara told the constable that all the police were "down" on them, and she supposed that Mr. Partridge, who had brutally sentenced them to a long term of imprisonment, had instigated their arrest.
- The prisoner Clara: I said nothing of the kind.
Mr. Safford, the chief clerk, said inquiries were made about the prisoners before, and it was ascertained that they had been well educated and brought up. They were the daughters of a deceased chief constable of Wakefield.
- Mr. D'Eyncourt said he was sorry for them, but they could not be allowed to roam the streets with a child.
- Clara: You cast us into the streets, and then prefer a charge against us of having no habitation. For five years I was incarcerated in Wakefield and Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylums unjustly and illegally, and I was deprived of the custody of my child. At last I wrote to the Home Secretary, and he referred me to the Lord Chancellor. Then, without a moment's notice, I was put into a railway carriage, packed off, and put in the streets of London.

"PREFERRING THE HORRORS OF THE STREETS."

Mr. D'Eyncourt: Why don't you go into the workhouse?
The prisoner: I have suffered, with my sister and child, the horrors of the streets rather than go to such a pest-house. I wrote and told the Lord Chancellor that as he took steps to precipitate me into the street, he should certainly take the further step of investigating my case and see how I have been wronged. The father of my child is an Irish landlord. I am entitled at the present moment to seven years' arrears of maintenance, and a Jury of his own countrymen recommended that he should properly support his child. I enforced my claim in a Court of Justice before Judge Patlas, and got a verdict for 250 pounds. He had allowed me 2 pounds 5s. a week. Every outrage has, however, been perpetrated on me, my defenceless child, and my sister, during the last six years by the Metropolitan Police Magistrates.
Mr. D'Eyncourt said he regretted to have to send them to prison again. It was, however, cruelty to the child to keep it in the streets. He must send them to jail for a month. The child was ordered to be taken to the workhouse.

Source: The Echo, Wednesday August 11, 1889, Page 3

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SUICIDE AT COLNEY HATCH.

A man named John Thurburn, an inmate of Colney Hatch Asylum, committed suicide on Tuesday. Last night an inquiry into his death was opened at the Central Coroner's Court. - William Brooks, a night attendant at the asylum, stated that on Monday night, when he went on duty, the day attendant told him to give a look after the deceased because he had been very shaky during the day, and seemed as if he was going to have a seizure of paralysis. At 25 minutes to five he found the deceased was hanging up by two sheets from the bed to the iron bars of the window above the bed. He had taken two sheets off the bed, torn one and made a noose in it, putting it twice round his throat. He had afterwards placed the pillow on the top of the rails of the head of the bedstead, and then got on to a little recess in the window, gave a spring, reached the iron bars of the window, and, having fastened the sheets to them, thrown himself down. The man was cut down, but death ensued within half-an-hour.

Source: The Echo, Saturday September 23, 1893

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Post by Karen on Sun 11 Sep 2011 - 0:49

Sad Death of a Kensal Rise Man.

An inquest was held a few days since at Colney Hatch Asylum concerning the death of Edward John Munn, aged 77, late of 183, Mortimer Road, Kensal Rise, who had died in the asylum. The man left home a short time since and afterwards he was found in Oxford Street by a policeman, who was attracted by his peculiar manner, Munn evidently being out of his mind. His clothing was covered with mud. He was conveyed to St. Giles's Workhouse, and subsequently to Colney Hatch, where, after his death, it was found that he had three ribs broken. The jury found that death was the result of exhaustion while suffering from acute mania and aortic disease of the heart - a natural cause, and added, "the fractured ribs were difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose during life."

Source: The Middlesex Courier, July 25, 1896, Page 4

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SWALLOWING A SPOON.

At the Colney Hatch Asylum, on Monday last, Dr. G. Danford Thomas, coroner for Central Middlesex, held an inquest on the body of Anna Rarter, aged 65, an inmate, who committed suicide under extraordinary circumstances. - Dr. C.T. Ewart, medical officer of the female wards, deposed that the deceased had suicidal mania. Upon the 16th May she complained of a swelling in the side and said "that she had swallowed a spoon." On the 30th of the same month the handle of the spoon showed itself on the abdominal wall, and an operation was performed with the view of extracting it, but proved futile. Ultimately the spoon was discharged, but the woman died on the 27th ult. from exhaustion and inflammation of the intestines. - Answering the coroner, the witness said that the spoon had "travelled" twenty feet of the intestine. - The coroner remarked that it was a most singular case. - The spoon, which was about four and a-half inches long, was shown to the jury, and it presented an appearance ebony. - The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst of unsound mind."

Source: Weekly Guardian, Friday August 4, 1893

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Post by Karen on Sun 11 Sep 2011 - 18:34

ECHO OF MOAT FARM MURDER.
Inmate of Colney Hatch Asylum who Thought He Committed the Crime.

One of the delusions of Frederick Hale, 71, who died at Colney Hatch Asylum, was that he committed the notorious Moat Farm murder, for which Dougal was hanged.
An engineer, formerly living in Calthorpe-street, Gray's-inn-road, he died from pneumonia following fracture of two ribs, caused by falling over some furniture.
The widow, who constantly interrupted the evidence, said at the inquest, held yesterday at the asylum, that her husband had complained of being kept in bed too much when he wanted to get up. On one occasion he swallowed a pencil, which he had in his mouth while chewing tobacco. He used to complain of the darkness of his bedroom, and said the bull's-eye lantern frightened him.
Alfred Hale, a son, and a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, said his father had a delusion that someone wanted to injure him. Witness had noticed black eyes and bruises on his father, and although he brought no charge against the attendants, still, he said, there appeared to be lack of supervision. Otherwise he could not account for the bruises.
Dr. S.J. Gilfillan, acting medical superintendent, said when deceased was admitted, in 1903, the certificate said he was of a suicidal tendency. Witness thought the swallowing of the pencil was probably suicidal. Deceased had tried to strangle himself with a handkerchief, and had thrown himself against the door of the padded room. He had a delusion that he would sacrifice himself for his wife.
Dr. Birt, assistant medical officer, said the bruises were caused by other patients pushing deceased, because he annoyed them.
Dr. Lloyd Jones, another medical officer, agreed that the swallowing of the pencil was suicidal, and told of deceased's confession to the Moat Farm murder.
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death," and added that they were satisfied that deceased had the best treatment.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, March 29, 1908, Page 3

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Post by Karen on Sun 11 Sep 2011 - 18:55

SINGULAR DEATH AT COLNEY HATCH LUNATIC ASYLUM.

On Monday Dr. Francis Danford Thomas held an inquest at the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum relative to the death of Thomas Parker, aged 37 years, whose death took place under the following circumstances: -
Dr. W.J. Seward, the medical superintendent of the asylum, said that the deceased was admitted into the asylum on the 6th October last, when he was suffering from general paralysis and insanity. He was very restless. He also suffered from boils, probably due to poorness of the blood. On the 10th inst. it was found that he was wasting and had attacks of diarrhoea, in consequence of which he was sent to the infirmary. He grew worse and died on Wednesday. On a post-mortem examination being made, it was found that there was fracture of two ribs on the left side, which had evidently been caused by a fall or pressure. Death was due to dysentry, and in his opinion the fractured ribs was not a contributory cause of death. On inquiries being made, it was ascertained that a fortnight before on a visiting day, another restless patient wanted to go to interfere with the visitors, and deceased, who was always anxious to assist the attendants, went to fetch him back. At a table they closed. They fell down by the side of the table, and afterwards the men were examined, but no marks were found on either of them.
Ada Parker, residing at 107, Rotherfield-street, Islington, stated she had visited deceased, who spoke very well of the kind attention he received from the attendants, although he did not like the other patients.
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, adding that the injuries did not accelerate the deceased's death.

Source: Weekly Guardian, January 27, 1905

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Post by Karen on Mon 12 Sep 2011 - 2:35

TWICE "DEAD."

Simeon Richards Proctor Jacobs, fruit salesman, of St. John's-road, Brixton, the man who a fortnight ago was mistaken for dead by his relatives, died yesterday in Colney Hatch Asylum.
Attacked with convulsions on April 9, Jacobs lay in a comatose condition when seen by a doctor. The latter told his mother that he could not live many days, but Mrs. Jacobs, who speaks very little English, misunderstood him. She thought he said her son was dead.
A "vacher" (prayer) was accordingly called in to pray for the supposed dead man, and an insurance company was notified. To the surprise of his relatives, however, Jacobs recovered. A week later he was taken to Colney Hatch, where he died yesterday, as stated.

Source: Daily Mail, Wednesday April 22, 1908, Page 3

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