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Colonial Cases

Scotland 1831

Carmarthen Journal, 24 September 1831

HORRIBLE MURDER OF A CHILD BY HIS OWN FATHER.

   William Waters, a ship carpenter, was on Tuesday last apprehended at Inverleith, for the murder of his son.  It appeared on the evidence given before the Coroner's inquest, that Waters was a very dissolute character - had been absent several days from home, drinking, and on returning, he met the boy, who was at play with some companions; they had a table-fork with them, which the miserable man got possession of, and taking the child into a field, stabbed him several times in the chest, without any apparent cause.  Since his apprehension he fills his cell and the neighbourhood with the most piercing cries of despair, remorse, and agony.

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