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Arthur Dutfield/Duffield

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Arthur Dutfield/Duffield

Post by Karen on Thu 17 May 2012 - 19:11

I found the following article interesting - a man named Arthur Duffield cut the throat of a woman named Emma Allen in early 1887:


A double crime of a tragic character was perpetrated on Monday night at Burnt Ash, Lee, near Blackheath. For some time a young man named Arthur Duffield has been keeping company with Miss Emma Amelia Allen, who for the past four years has been in the employ of a mantle-maker named Martin. On Monday Duffield came from London, and arrived at the shop just as the porter was putting up the shutters. Duffield slipped twopence into the porter's hand, and asked him to tell Miss Allen that some one wished to see her. Miss Allen subsequently accompanied Duffield for a walk, but shortly afterwards she returned in a fainting condition, and bleeding profusely from a terrible gash in the throat. She stated that, when crossing a field near Lee station, Duffield said, "Milly, you must die," and, producing a razor, inflicted the injuries described. He then deliberately cut his own throat. Medical aid having been called in for Miss Allen, the police were communicated with, and they found Duffield lying in a pool of blood quite dead. The injured young woman was taken to Guy's hospital. Duffield was 22 years of age, while Miss Allen is 27.
On Tuesday Mr. E.A. Carttar, the West Kent coroner, opened an inquest on the body of Duffield, who was described as a baker, of Broadway-avenue, Barking. Harry Duffield identified the body as that of his brother, who had been depressed in spirits for the last two months, caused, he understood, through some difference with Miss Allen. Deceased told him that Miss Allen gave him the impression that she did not care for him, but would not give him up, wanting him to break the engagement, so that she might have him for breach of promise of marriage. Deceased often went to Lee to see her, sometimes four times a week, and they used to correspond. Deceased told him she got all she could out of him, and now insulted him every time he went to see her. Knew she had all his wages since Christmas - 25s. or 30s. a week, if all were true he told witness. When he asked him why she took the money, he said he thought it was because her father had been out of work a good deal. The doctor said the woman's injuries were severe, but not necessarily fatal. - The inquiry was adjourned for five weeks.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, April 3, 1887, Page 2

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