Unrecorded Account the Murder "Of an Aged Couple, Near Stafford" [Trial]. Blackburn, Henry, Defendant. Moore, Edward, Defendant. Walsh, Charles, Defendant. Full and Correct Account of the Trial, Henry Blackburn, Edward Moore, And Charles Walsh, For the Murder of an Aged Couple Near Stafford. Stafford [England]: Buxton, Printer, . 8 pp. 12mo. (5" x 3-1/2"). Whip-stitched pamphlet in self wrappers. Light soiling and edgewear, light toning, ink spot to verso of final leaf. $750. * Only edition. An especially gruesome account of the Ash Flats Murder. John and Jane Blackburn were robbed and bludgeoned to death in their home. The criminals tried to hide their crime by burning the house, but the fire was extinguished before the bodies were destroyed. Other evidence of the crime also survived, including blood stains and the murder weapon. Blackburn, Walsh and Moore were tried for the crime. Blackburn was freed and Walsh and Moore were sentenced to death. Moore later confessed that he acted alone, which spared Walsh's life. The final page of our account has a moralizing account of the crime in verse. Our imprint appears to be unrecorded. No copies located on OCLC or COPAC.
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