Unrecorded Verse Broadside Describing the Murder of a Young Woman in Whitechapel [Broadside]. [Murder]. Whitechapel Murder. A Lament for Harriet Lane. Leicester: S.n., 1875. 9-3/4" x 6" broadside printed on thick paper, main text printed in single column below headline, text enclosed by thick black border. Light browning and edgewear, a few tiny spots and stains, chip to upper left corner, crease to lower right corner (reinforced with archival tape on verso), two small holes at head of broadside above border. $950. * A gruesome (and apparently unrecorded) seven-stanza verse account of the 1875 murder of Harriet Lane, a young milliner's apprentice and mistress of Henry Wainwright, a brushmaker. Lane had been Wainwright's mistress since 1871. He killed her in 1874, probably due to the strain of keeping her and his propensity for drink and recent financial difficulties. Afterwards, he buried her body beneath the floorboards of his home. Twelve months later, Wainwright, needing to sell his property, exhumed the decomposing body, dismembered it and put the pieces in two packages. He then enlisted the help of an unwitting employee, Alfred Stokes, to dispose of the packages. Apparently out of curiosity, Stokes looked in one of the packages. Horrified, he notified the police. Wainwright was apprehended, convicted and hanged at Newgate on December 21, 1875. The murder attracted a great deal of attention, more than the later crimes of Jack the Ripper. No copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub.
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