A Gruesome Revenge Murder in Lancashire [Broadside]. [Murder]. Weatherill, Miles [d.1868]. Shocking Murder at Todmordon. [London]: W.S. Fortey, Printer & Publisher, 2 & 3, Monmouth Ct., . 10" x 7-1/2" broadside mounted on 10-1/2" x 8" sheet, summary of case in two columns and verse text in three columns below headline, columns and headline separated by rules. Light browning and foxing, minor loss to text at lower right-hand corner due to printer error. $1,250. * Weatherill, sometimes spelled Wetherell or Wetherall, was a 22-year old textile worker from Todmorden, Lancashire who began to date the 16-year-old Sarah Bell in 1867. She was the cook for the Reverend Mr. Anthony Plow, the vicar of Christ Church, Todmorden. Plow did not approve of the relationship due to Sarah's age and tried to end it, first by forbidding Weatherill to call on her at the vicarage and then by dismissing Sarah after she continued to see him. Infuriated, Weatherill broke into the vicarage and murdered Plow with an axe and a servant, who he thought was partially responsible for Sarah's dismissal, with a pistol. After attempting to shoot Mrs. Plow, he bludgeoned her with a fire poker; she died from her wounds a year later. Weatherill was arrested shortly afterwards, tried, and sentenced to hang. This appears to be an unrecorded imprint. No copies listed on OCLC or Library Hub.
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