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Brooklyn Eagle, Tuesday, 2 November 1841 (2)


Andrew Oakes, Esq., Coroner, held an inquest yesterday, at the house of Mr. Garrett Stack, 147 Bridge street, on the body of Margaret Stryker, a negress.  Verdict of the jury - came to her death through intemperance.



Brooklyn Eagle, Saturday, 15 January 1842 (2)


John F. Oschman, who has been on trial at Reading as an accomplice in murdering "Conrad Crist," was acquitted on Wednesday and discharged.  Reinhart, the actual murderer, is now in prison at Reading, under sentence to be hanged. - Philadelphia Gazette,

   A letter dated Fort Smith, Arkansas, Dec. 12. States that the body of a soldier named F. Klopp, of company E 4th Infantry, was found suspended to a tree in a secluded spot, near the military road, between that place and Fort Gibson.  The supposition is that he was hung by the Indians. - Balt. American.



G. W. Bennett, owner of the billiard tables over the Camp street Exchange, met with an accident yesterday.  Over the bar in the billiard room recently kept by him in the St. Charles Arcade, there is a loft some eight feet from the floor of the second story.  He had been up there, and, from some cause or other, fell down head foremost.  The blood instantly gushed from his nose, mouth and ears, and he was taken up speechless and insensible.

   We have since learned that Mr. Bennett died at a late hour last evening. - N. O. Picayune.


On Monday, the Coroner held an inquest on the body of a man found dead in a skiff, by some fishermen, near the termination of the railroad in Lake Pontchartrain.  He turned out to be a man named Pierre Aubert who had left Mandeville a few days before to go "a fishing."  The Jury concluded that in the storm he was driven out in the lake, and perished from exposure. - Ib.


Tuesday, 25 January 1842 (2)

The body of Col. Hunter, (late a Member of Congress,) has been found in a stable, at Port Clinton, Ohio.  The result of the inquest has not transpired.


Friday, 4 February 1842 (2)


The Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of a man about 50 years of age, named Sitz, in the jail yard of the Second Municipality.

   From the evidence which came before the jury, it appears that the deceased was a German, and arrived recently in this country - that he put up at a coffee house kept by a country-man of his, named Michel, on the New Levee - that while there he was robbed of some 100 dollars in gold, and then turned out of doors, without employment, friends or money.

   About two o'clock on Sunday the report of a pistol was heard; the watchman, who was near ran over and found the deceased fallen with the pistol at his feet, and his clothes still burning from the priming.  The ball passed through the breast bone and lodged in his lungs.  Verdict of the jury, that he had committed suicide. - N. O. Picayune, Jan. 25.


Saturday, 5 February 1842 (2)

The body of Mr. Goulaud, a clerk in the office of the French Consul, at Philadelphia, was found in the water on Thursday.  He is supposed to have drowned on the night of Dec. 8th.


Thursday, 10 February 1842 (2)


Yesterday, a grave was discovered in the burying ground in the rear of the County Alms House, which had been made without the permission of the authorities; upon opening it, the body of an unknown man was found, who to all appearances had been dead some time.  Andrew Oakes, Esq. Coroner, held an inquest upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.  We are informed that there are some suspicious circumstances connected with the matter, but as the subject is still in progress of investigation, we shall await the result.


Saturday, 12 February 1842 (2)


Mr. William V. Shaver, a respectable citizen of Little Falls, who had been with two of his sons in a wagon to visit a daughter, in attempting to ford a swollen stream which empties into the Mohawk, got in to a deep, rapid current, from which he could not rescue himself.  His cries for relief were heard, but no relief could reach him.  The neighbors however rallied and extricated the horses alive, and in the course of the night found the remains of one of the boys; and in the morning they found the body of Mr. Shaver, with that of his youngest son clinging, in death, to his back !  And thus perished the father and two sons.  The boy was tied to his father's back with the whip lash.


Saturday, 2 April 1842 (2)


James Adams, who was in the city prison for the murder of his wife, died in his cell on Thursday night at 10 o'clock, after a few days illness of typhus fever.  He was well attended by Dr. Tonnele, the prison physician, and also visited by Dr. Archer, the Coroner, who found him in a state of great prostration of body and mind, and unwilling to eat the nutritious food ordered for him by his physician.  No inquest was held upon the body, and he was buried with the usual certificate, certified by the Coroner. - J. of Com.


Wednesday, 4 May 1842 (2)


The body of a female apparently about 16 or 18 years of age, was found on the 17th, on Gull Island, at the mouth of the Grand river, Canada; from the marks of violence and blood on one of her hands, no doubt is entertained that a most foul act had been perpetrated, and murder committed; when found the body was destitute of all wearing apparel except an elegant lace cap, tied with a pink ribbon, and a pair of flesh colored silk stockings, and was wrapped in a piece of old sail cloth.  Four boards had been rudely tied together to serve as a sort of coffin, and the body thus prepared had been hastily buried a few inches below the surface of the sand, and was discovered by some boys who were attracted by a part of one of the boards sticking up, endeavored to remove it for the purpose of carrying it home.  The body could have been there but a very short time before its discovery, as no decomposition had began to take place.  The features are represented as beautiful, and the hair a light or auburn color.  No coroner's inquest had been held when out informant left. - Buffalo Econo.


Wednesday, 20 July 1842 (2)


The Coroner held an inquest this morning on the body of a white woman, found floating in the water at the foot of Butler street, in the Sixth Ward.  Deceased was apparently


Friday, 16 September 1842 (2)


The dwelling of W. Boyer, of Dayton, Ohio, was struck by lightning on the 4th inst., killing a daughter about 12 years old.



On Tuesday night Pedar Nelson mate of a Swedish brig lying at the foot of Rector street, while in a state of intoxication fell overboard and was drowned.  His body was found the day after.

   On Tuesday forenoon, a boy about ten years old, named Henry Green, son of Mr. Job W. Green, of Washington street, while playing at the pier at the foot of Gansevort street, fell into the dock and was drowned. - J. of Com.


Saturday, 15 October 1842 (2)


Saturday, 3 December 1842 (2)


Andrew Bodine, a resident of Southfield, was taken into custody yesterday morning, on a charge of having killed his wife during the previous night. - The coroner's inquest on the body was not completed when out informant left, and he learned no farther particulars other than that intemperance was supposed to be at the bottom of the business. - Plebeian.



Brooklyn Eagle, Thursday, 18 May 1843 (2)


The coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of Teunis Johnson, who fell from a scow lying at the Navy Yard dock, into the river, and was drowned.  Efforts were made to rescue him - particularly by a young man named Wm. Farrell, who jumped overboard at the risk of his life - but without success.  The deceased has left a wife and five children.



We learn from the Star that the trial of Antoine Gersler, the German charged with the murder of Alexander Smith and wife at Huntington in November last, has been put off to the next term of the Court.  It was expected that counsel would have been sent from New York; but none appearing, and the person who had undertaken to act as interpreter, not being qualified to do so, the proceedings were deferred, as above.


Tuesday, 23 June 1843 (2)


During a thunder storm, in Sanderville, Geo., on the 7th inst., Miss Mary E. Youngblood, a young lady of 19 years, stepped to the back door, within two feet of which stands a large, tall Lombardy poplar, which was struck at the very moment she reached the door, shivering the tree to its base.  A part of the fluid tore up the shingles of the roof above the door for several feet; split the timbers of the adjacent door, melting off the heads of nails in the door, and passing through her body instantly deprived her of life !  her clothes caught fire, and a thimble which she had in her bosom was partially melted.



On the 9th instant, an interesting young lady - the beloved object of her parents - named Lucretia Hall, aged nineteen, left her home near Westport (Essex Co. N.Y.) to visit her sister, about a mile distant, and in crossing a brook, which was much swollen by a previous night's rain, she was precipitated into the rapid current and drowned ! We learn from the Westport Times that she was not missed until her dead body was discovered on the banks of the stream.


Tuesday, 8 August 1843 (2)

At Philadelphia, its effects were still more disastrous. ...At Darby, the bridge was carried away, and two young men who were standing upon it, named Bunting and Lewis, were also swept away by the rushing waters, and have not been heard of since.


The Sun of yesterday contains an extended list of particulars, from which we select the following:

   A house situated at the corner of Schuylkill Third and Wood streets, was partially blown down, the roof was hurled many feet, and it is said fell upon a man and killed him, who was so much disfigured as not to be easily recognized....

The letter says :

"It is believed that not less than twenty, and probably as many more, persons have been drowned.  At one place on the Chester creek, an entire family, that of Mr. Rhoads, consisting of himself, wife and two small children, found it impossible, so instantaneous was the rise and rush of the torrent to escape the house, and all perished.  At the Flower Mills, a devoted mulatto woman, finding that Mr. Flower was in great danger, attempted to rescue him, but the sudden dash of the flood swept her away, and she was engulfed. ..."


Friday, 1 September 1843 (2)


A gentleman informs the editor of the Pittsburg [Pa.] Chronicle that a little girl in Cannonsburg was killed by a bear a day or two since.  The bear, which was a pet, was chained, and a party of children were annoying him with sticks and stones, at which he became outraged, and breaking his chain, seized a little girl and squeezed her to death.



A melancholy accident occurred at New bridge, in the city of Clay, on Sunday, the 27th inst. by which two young men [brothers,] by the name of Nelson and John Doolittle, aged 15 and 17 years lost their lives.  From the information left with us it appears that these young men were bathing in the Seneca river, and that the younger had ventured into the stream beyond his intentions, and was struggling for life, when his elder brother went to his recue, but, instead of rendering any assistance, only hastened the death of both. - Syracuse Standard.


At Fayeburg, Mc., JONATHAN CAMAGE, aged 90.  He fought at the battle of Bunker Hill, was present at the late Bunker Hill celebration, and lost his reason from the excitement produced by the occasion, in which state he died, without any other apparent disease.


Tuesday, 3 October 1843 (2)


Mr. James Orr, of this place, left home on Saturday last, with his dog and gun, to shoot wild pigeon, and was found dead on Sunday morning, about five miles from town.  It appears that he had hitched his horse, and proceeded into the woods, came to a log, on to which he had assisted himself with his gun.  After gaining the top of the log, in raising his gun, the cock caught a twig, which pulled it back so far that its descent exploded the cap, and discharged the load into his head, tearing off part of the skull, and causing instant death.  His faithful dog continued with him from the time of the accident, which is supposed to have been about twelve o'clock, until the body was found, by persons attracted by his barking. - Hollydaysburg (Pa.) Light.


The Coroner held an inquest at No. 10 Centre street, yesterday, on three dead bodies, two men and one woman, names unknown, who were found on Sunday in two barrels on board the steamer South America, foot of Courtland street, where they were brought by a man and one horse wagon, to be sent to Whitehall, in this State, the man d riving off as soon  as leaving the barrels.  Dr. Vache examined the bodies, who decided they had died of disease, and that they were intended for dissection.  Verdict, death from natural causes. - J. of Com.



The wife of a Mr. John Bulger, a citizen of Marengo, Ala. In drawing water from a cistern, became dizzy and fell into it, the water being seven feet deep.  Every effort was made to rescue her, but in vain.  As a last resource her husband was let down by a rope, who succeeded in grasping the body of his wife; but while their neighbors were raising them the rope broke, and both were drowned.  They left an only child, about eight months old. - No. O. Picayune.


Brooklyn Eagle, Wednesday, 3 January 1844 (2)

From the Providence Chronicle, of Monday.

A Most Bold and Bloody Murder.

Our citizens were horror-stricken yesterday afternoon, by the news of the murder of one well known among the business men of this city, although a resident of Cranston, the adjoining town - Mr. AMABA SPRAGUE.  It seems that he left his house about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of going to a barn about a mile distant, lying in the town of Johnston, in order, as he stated to his family on leaving, to shelter his stock.  He took a foot-path. Very generally frequented, and in which, at almost any ten minutes in the day, and especially on Sunday, there was passing.

   About an hour after he left home, he was found about one mile from his house, lying in the foot-path perfectly dead, with such marks upon his body as left no doubt but he had been most brutally murdered.

   An inquest was held on the body in Johnston, after which it was taken up and brought to the residence of the deceased; and the whole neighborhoods was of course thrown into the most intense excitement.  Another Coroner's Jury was summoned as soon as possible, and physicians sent for.

   On examining the body and the place, it would seem that Mr. Sprague was first shot in the right arm near the wrist, and the blood found sprinkled in a zig-zag course on the ground, showed that he had run a short distance after receiving this wound.  He was then probably overtaken by his assassin or assassins, and made way with, with an axe, or as the physician stated, on examination of his wounds, some other sharp instrument.  No other bullet wound was found on his person, with the exception of the one first alluded to, in his wrist.  His head was most shockingly mangled, the brain being bared in one or two places.  It would seem, as we are told, as if the murdered or murderers had stood over him after he was dead, and pounded his head.  The body of Mr. Sprague must have been discovered not more than fifteen or twenty minutes after the murder or murderers left him.

   The verdict of the Jury was, that the deceased had come to his death by wounds inflicted upon him by some person or persons to the Jury unknown.

   A number of our citizens went out to the spot of the murder yesterday afternoon.  It would be impossible to describe the sense of horror which so fearful an announcement produced in the community.  The last day of the year 1843 stamped upon the memory in such bloody characters, will not soon be forgotten.

   Mr. Sprague was the senior partner of the house of Messrs. A. & W. Sprague, a large manufacturing firm.  The other partner is the Hon. Wm. Sprague, one of our Senators in Congress.

   No money was taken, hence the object of the assassination was not plunder.  The perpetrator or perpetrators of this act cannot escape - they must be detected, sooner or later.

   A reward of one thousand dollars has been offered by the friends of the deceased, for the detection of the murderer.


Wednesday, 24 January 1844 (2)


Yesterday afternoon, as the two o'clock train from this city was proceeding to Elizabethtown, when only half a mile from the Newark depot, it came in contact with a colored man, who was discerned by the engineer lying across the track; but so great was the fog, that it was impossible to stop the train in time to prevent the collision. - He was carried a short distance by the cow scraper, and it is supposed he was crushed to death b y the ash pan of the engine.  The coroner was instantly summoned, and an inquest was being held when the cars left.  The man was supposed to have been drunk. - Herald.



It is natural enough that all sorts of reports should be circulated in relation to this foul deed; and many are afloat to which we will not aid in giving currency by even naming them.  Nothing whatever has occurred to change the opinion of those who are informed upon the subject in relation to the guilt of the men who have been committed.  It is considered very certain, that some one or more belonging to the same gang, but not yet arrested, participated in it; but the story that other [persons have been suspected of any share, direct or indirect, in the murder, is incorrect. - Prov. Jour. Jan. 22



A cruel and unprovoked murder was committed in this city on Saturday evening last, between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock, the particulars of which will be found annexed.  The circumstances are briefly these:

   Wm. H. Miller, a painter, and man of family, had attended the auction sale of Richard J. Todd, 88 Fulton street, and made several purchases, including a bundle of knives and forks.  At the close of the sale, and while passing out of the door, some words occurred between him and a porter in Todd's employ, named Thomas Carnaghan, who was bringing in goods from the sidewalk.  In a moment after, Miller rushed back into the store, seized Mr. Todd by the collar, and asked him, in a manner indicating great excitement, if he would allow Carnaghan to insult him, adding "He has threatened to knock my face off." - Todd endeavored to pacify him, saying "Do not lose your reason, Miller - nobody shall insult you here." - Miller then drew a carving knife from his bundle, and brandishing it aloft, ran out of the store, threatening vengeance upon Carnaghan.  He went towards Henry street, followed by Mr. Todd, and met the deceased, who instantly threw up his arms with a shriek.  Miller was subsequently arrested and locked up in the cells.

   The wound having terminated fatally about a quarter past 9 o'clock yesterday morning, the Coroner was summoned, and arrangements were made for an inquest at the Common Council room, which was held in the afternoon.  We present the evidence in full, as taken down from the lips of the witnesses.  Some difference had previously existed between the parties, but we have not been able to learn anything of its nature.  Miller had always been considered a respectable citizen and a religious man - though it is not true, as stated in the New York papers, that he was a member of the Methodist Church, or a class-leader.  His brother is probably the person referred to.  He has a wife and six young children - the eldest only thirteen years of age. His perpetration of this horrid crime is attributed to a sudden burst of passion.  Carnaghan was likewise an orderly and quiet man - fortunately without family.  Miller has been committed temporarily upon the Coroner's warrant.

   The following are the names of the jurors:

   J. SPRAGUE, Foreman.

   F. B. Stryker                                            J. R. Woolsey

   Willet Weeks                                           H. Moody

   W. K. Northall                                         Henry Webb

   Albert Powell                                          J. Chapman

   Platt Powell                                            A. C. Kellam

   Jon. Rogers                                             T. B. Walter

   M. Abbott                                               J. Lawrence

   E. Lyman                                                Lewis Applegate

   Wm. N. Clem                                         D. J. Lucas

   P. Wyckoff                                             A. Deizendorf

   H. Marinus                                               J. H. McCormick   

   The Coroner briefly addressed the jury, who then retired to examine the body.  On their return the investigation proceeded.

     Stephen Kidder, being duly sworn, deposed as follows: About 11 o'clock, on Saturday (last) night, I was walking up Fulton street, and heard that a man was stabbed; I returned to the market, and saw the knife.  I did not see the man; he was at Mr. Blagrove's, the druggist.  The knife was measured with a rule: the blade was highly polished, and you could, on that account, see how far it had entered the body.  I also saw a fork, which matched with the knife.  (The knife is here shown to the witness, which he identified as the one he saw with blood upon it.)

   John Bergen, sworn - Between 10 and 11 o'clock last night, I had been to Mr. Williams's, and had just come from there, when I saw a parcel of persons carrying a man, whom I supposed to be drunk.  I went up, and learned that he was stabbed.  Some one asked him where he was stabbed, and he made no reply.  I then saw a man dressed in gray clothes, with a white hat on.  He had a bundle of knives under his arm, wrapped up in paper, as I thought.  I saw a number of persons around, among them was Mr. Todd.  Several accused him of stabbing the man, which he denied.  He said that all his knives were in a bundle.  I then remarked that there was one which he had not in the bundle.  I saw the handle of it project from under his arm, and he endeavored to conceal it.  They told him to take the knife from under his arm, which he did, pressing his arm close together, to wipe the blood off apparently.  He then took the knife out and laid it down.  Several persons made a move to take the knife up; several got hold of it before I did.  I then got hold of it and examined it.  It was a large carving knife, about 12 in. long with a buck handle.  I should recognise it.  There was blood on it to the extent of 6 or 7 inches.  I then asked if they were going to let the man go or have him arrested.  I cannot say what Todd said - whether they were going to have him arrested, or what they were going to do.  I had seen the man several times, but did not know his name.  I saw the same man this morning.  I am satisfied it was the same man who had the knife in the store.  I then told Mr. Todd and several other gentlemen that if they would secure the man, I would go and get an officer.  I went to the watchhouse, and there was but one man there.  He appeared to be the Asst. Capt. of the watch (Capt. Stewart,) and he came up and arrested him.  I went back with him to Mr. Todd's, and there saw persons handling the knife at the time.  I then saw Mr. Stewart take the man (Miller) out, and I went out, and went to Mr. Blagrove's.  I reside at 84 Poplar street.  I remained at Blagrove's until about 12 o'clock, and saw the operations performed upon the wounded man.  He spoke after the wound was dressed.  He called for Edward Mulligan.  I think he said they were going to kill him, or something of the kind.  He made several oaths in respect to the man who had injured him, without mentioning any name.  (The knife being produced, the witness recognized it as being the same, and said "It is marked now as it was then, with the blood upon one side.")  I saw the bundle of knives under Miller's arm.  He had a bow and fiddle under his arm when the watchman took him out of the store.  I don't remember anything else transpiring at Mr. Blagrove's beyond what I have said.  It was about 11 o'clock when I came out of Mr. Williams's, and it was just after that I saw the crowed with what I thought to be a drunken man.

   By a Juror. - I did not see any persons running from the wounded man.  Miller seemed to be among the crowd by Todd's door when I first saw him.  Persons were accusing him of having stabbed the man when I first went in there.  I did not know any of them that I can recollect except Mr. Todd.  All that he said in answer to this was, that he did not stop him.

   Richard J. Todd, sworn - I reside at 88 Fulton street, and keep an auction store there.  The deceased has worked for me for the last 4 or 5 weeks steadily.  I had a sale on Saturday night, as I generally do, and about 9 o'clock Mr. Miller came in, and I remarked that his appearance was very singular - he looked wild, and seemed to gnash his teeth.  When he came in, I jocularly remarked, "Here comes father Miller."  He remained in my store until about 10 o'clock, the close of the sale.  The deceased and a Mr. Lawson about that time were taking in some sofas and things from the door.  Mr. Miller had left just then; he had made three or four purchases at the sale.  He bought a penknife and a set of knives and forks (12 pieces.) [Recognized those now shown him, as taken from Miller, to be the same articles.]  Shortly after Miller went out he came back again, and asked me if I allowed my men to insult folks ? He said he had been abused by one of my men, who threatened to knock his face off.  I had four men in my employ at the time, and asked him which one it was ? He said it was Tom (the deceased.)  I told him there must be some mistake, as Tom was a peaceable man.  He said there was no mistake about it, as he had threatened to knock his face off, and to kill him.  He then took the carving knife out of the bundle, and drew it out with his right hand, saying the man was waiting round in Henry street for him, and he would go and see if he'd knock his face off.  I felt somewhat alarmed, and caught hold of him by the arm and said "For God's sake, Mr. Miller, don't lose your reason - I will go and see if I can't get the matter arranged."  On my saying that, he brandished his hand out with the knife, and I thought he was going to stab me; and he then came out, repeating his former expression, saying that he would see whether the man would knock his face off.  I went after him as fast as I could, but being lame I lost sight of him, and the first thing I next saw was the deceased.  I ran after Miller, and called "Tom ! Tom !" My anxiety was to get him out of the difficulty.  When I saw him he was standing up in a faint condition.  I said "Tom, Tom, why don't you speak ?" Some person asked him if he was stabbed, and he replied in a faint voice "Look down there and you will see" (meaning the ground, on which was a stream of blood.)  This was opposite Robert peck's store.  I left no person in my store, and I advised the people to take the deceased over to Blagrove's, by the liberty pole, and I then went to the store.  Shortly afterwards two young men came in, and brought Miller back to my store, with the carving knife.  I do not know the names of either of them.  I have seen one of them in Court, but do not see him now.  Mr. Miller was in the store all the time they were there; I took up the knife and said to him, "Ah, Miller, what have you done ? You would not take my advice."  He said "I know nothing about it."  I then asked a young man to go and report to the captain of the watch, who came up, and, after some preliminary conversation, caught him by the breast.  Miller remarked that he wanted to take his things with him.  I recognise Mr. Stewart as Bering the person who took him.  I could not get a word from Tom, as to who stabbed him.  He did not speak to me.  The remark he made about looking to the ground was made to another person, but not to me; but I heard it.  There was a good deal of blood on the ground.  I think Mr. Lawrence was one of the young men who came to the store.  I have always considered Mr. Miller to be a sober man, but he then looked more like a drunken or crazy man.  He did not reel like a drunken man - there was something curious about him that I cannot explain.  He was perfectly sober during the sale.  When I first saw the knife, there was about four inches of blood on it. - Knowing the testimony I should have to give to-day, I examined particularly the names of the manufacturers of the knives I had for sale.  I sold another set of knives on the same night to some other person, but whom I don't know.  The sale stands cash on my book.  I sold the carving knife and fork for 60 cents.  It is hard for me to be certain as to the identity of the knives, as there are others of similar manufacture - but they are of the same kind as those I sold on that night.  I am certain that the knife taken from Miller had blood on it.  It appeared to be fresh, about four inches from the point. (Witness identified the knife in Court as being the same knife, to the best of his knowledge and belief.)

   John Laidlaw, being sworn, deposed as follows: I reside at 81 Poplar street.  I was at Mr. Todd's last evening until about 10 minutes after 10 o'clock.  After the sale I was about to take away the toys which I had purchased of Mr. Todd.  I continued talking there a few minutes.  A man in gray clothes, with a white hat on, whom I had perceived as being there for an hour previously, came into Todd's and took him by the collar, and said, "Your man has insulted me; he has threatened to knock my eyes out," and immediately made use of the words (as I think) "Damn him, I'll put my knife into him."  I think he said "damn him," but I am not very certain.  Mr. Todd then told the man not to get into a passion. - Mr. Todd and myself moved towards the door, and the man also moved out again, saying "damn him - I'll stab him."  Mr. Todd again said "don't get in a passion, Mr. Miller."  Miller went up the street, and Todd called after him not to get in a passion - ands also called "Tom," I think three times without getting any answer.  Some person halloed out in the street that Tom was hiding himself away for fear of Miller.  Todd then left me and went up the street to look for Tom.  He shortly afterwards returned to the store, and after him two young men together with Miller.  Mr. Todd immediately said to me, "he has stabbed Tom."  Miller took a seat in the same place where he had sat during the evening, and had some small bundles under his arm.  I asked him why he had been guilty of such an act, and he made no reply. - Some young man then stepped up to Miller, and asked him to give up the knife, or took it from below his arm - I can't say which.  The young man then held the knife in his hand.  I made the remark that it appeared to have been bloody and wiped off with a rag.  The wiping appeared to be occasioned by drawing it from under his arm.  Mr. Todd asked some person to go and call the watch.  The watchman immediately came, and asked him to go with him, and he said - "Let me stay and get my things first." [Witness is shown the knife, and says it appears to be the same he saw on Saturday night.]  The blood seemed to be five inches on the knife, and I remarked that it must have made a terrible gash.  I saw Miller purchase a knife of the same description now shown me, at Todd's sale.  While they were taking him to the watch house, Mr. Todd asked me to lay down my things and go and see where they had carried Tom.  I went - and found him at the drug store, corner of Main and Fulton streets, lying on the floor.  I spoke to him, but he made no answer.  He appeared to be in such a state as to be unable to answer.  When I saw the knife handed by, or taken from, Miller, he was in such a position as if he wanted to conceal what he had under his arm.  Miller was in the store when he made the threats, and he afterwards went towards Henry street.  I did not see him making any halt between Todd's store and Henry street.  I did not follow him, but Mr. Todd and other persons did.

   Platt Powell, being sworn, deposed as follows: Last evening I was going home between 10 and 121 o'clock, I heard there was a man stabbed at Mr. Todd's auction store; I inquired who it was, and they said it was a man who worked for Todd.  I made inquiries where he was, and they told me he was at Blagrove's drug store.  I went over there and the door was bolted.  I knocked at the door, and the Doctor let me in.  I was there several minutes. - They were preparing to take him away.  Stewart (Assistant Captain of the Watch) was with me.  I went up to the deceased and spoke to him, and he opened his eyes.  I asked him if he would know the man who stabbed him, and he said he would.  I asked him then what his name was.  He told me that his name was Miller.  I asked him what sort of man he was, and he said he was a "short, stout man - a lump of a man," as he expressed himself. - They took him away from there pretty soon.  Some remarks were made by persons around, which for a short time drew my attention, and I then went to the watch-house.  Captain Woolsey, who had the man (Miller) in charge, and I had some conversation. - The Captain, Assistant Captain, myself, and some other watchmen, were there.  We then took the prisoner into the presence of the deceased, to see whether or not he would identify him.  We went to the house where he was removed at the corner of Concord and Pearl street, and went into the room.  As soon as the deceased saw Miller, he identified him as the man who had stabbed him, and made use of some words to that effect.  Miller said, "Tom-Tom-Tom-Tom;" and the deceased appearing excited, I brought Miller out of the room, and took him back to the watch-house.  That is all that occurred last night that I know of.  The deceased identified Miller without any hesitation whatever - at the very first glance.  He had, previous to that, when he gave me his name, described him as having a white hat and a grey coat on, and Miller answered that description.

   Dr. Dayton Decker, being sworn, deposed as follows : On examining the body superficially, I found no bruise, wound, or other appearance of injury, with the exception of the incised wound. That wound was situated between the eighth and ninth ribs - about seven inches from the centre of the spine - following the direction of the ribs in which the wound was inflicted.  The wound appears to have been made with some sharp instrument.  The external orifice was about an inch and a quarter in length - passing through the integuments in which, between the skin and ribs, we found nothing but extravasated blood - cutting the upper edge of the ninth rib obliquely, and severing it about two-thirds off.  On opening the chest a quantity of air, and also a large quantity of effused blood escaped.  The wound passed through the diaphragm, cutting the upper third of the spleen, nearly separating it, passing obliquely downwards to the right side, terminating in the inferior third of the lower edge of the convex portion of the stomach, ΒΌ of an inch in length; and, on examination, the inner coat so nearly separated that it spontaneously gave way, and a large quantity of water escaped.  The depth of the wound, which would have to be guessed at, would be about five inches.  [The knife was here shown to the witness, who says that the wounds or injury would be caused by such an instrument.]  The said wound, and the consequent haemorrhage, has, I believe, induced the death of the deceased.  As far as I could discover, there was nothing in the appearance of the deceased, internally or externally, that indicated anything but health.  I have no doubt that the injury described was the cause of death, and that it was produced by an instrument similar to the knife produced.  There appears to be a discoloration on the knife, as of blood.

   Dr. John Cochran, being sworn, deposed as follows: I attended the post mortem examination of the deceased, Thomas Carnaghan, with Dr. Decker, and I entirely concur in the testimony he has given.  Last evening, being March 23d, about 10 o'clock, I was called to Mr. Blagrove's drug store, to visit a man said to be stabbed.  On arriving, I found a man lying on the ground, with two men kneeling or sitting beside him, one of them having hold of his hand.  On examining the patient, I found the clothes on the lower part of the body starched with blood.  Removing them, a wound in the chest was exposed.  The wound externally was a little more than an inch in length - a clear cut, neither ragged nor torn, situated between the eighth and ninth ribs of the left side, about midway between the side and the sternum, or breast bone -0 if any, a little posterior.  On any exertion of the body, the blood flowed freely.  On probing it, I found the walls of the chest divided, and the cavities laid open.  On inspiration blood and air rushed out.  The probe entered about three inches, meeting with no opposition.  I am convinced the wound was deeper, but I forbore pushing the probe further on account of the haemorrhage.  The pulse could scarcely be felt at the wrist.  The surface was cold, and he breathed with considerable difficulty, muttering to himself some incoherent sentences.  I thought I detected the smell of liquor in his breath, but am not positive.  I dressed the wound and bandaged it.  After this he began to rally, the pulse became firmer and more regular, and in about two hours he recovered so far that he was enabled to be carried home. He continued to improve, and was better, to all appearances, this morning about 8 o'clock.  On going back, at 10, I was informed that he expired about quarter past 9 o'clock.  After he rallied, he appeared to have his senses perfectly.  He said that Miller, the painter had stabbed him.  I did not observe any appearance of spirituous liquor in the the contents of his stomach, and may have been mistaken in supposing his breath to smell of such.  I saw the coat and vest through which the instrument passed.  It was a dark cloth coat - an ordinary common cloth coat, and I think a spotted vest.  I should think the knife produced would cause a wound similar to that of which the deceased died.  I have not the least doubt that the wound was the cause of his death.

   Alexander Stewart, being sworn, deposed as follows : About half past 10, or between 10 and 11 o'clock last evening, I was in the watch-house.  Two young men came in, and told me there was a man stabbed.  I am Assistant Captain of the Watch.  I called one of the men up from the next room, and told him to take charge till I went after the man.  I went to Todd's store, and saw a man standing by the table, and they told me that that was the man who stabbed him.  I told him he must go with me, and he told me to let him get his bundle, and he would go.  Before this, I saw the knife lying on the table, and I told the young man who was next me to take it to the watch-house, and I would take the prisoner.  When we got him to the watch-house, I examined his pockets, to see if he had anything else with him.  he had a pen-knife, (a white handled knife.)  I then took him down to the cells - he previously giving me his name as William Henry Miller.  I then went up to see the man that was stabbed, and from there returned to the watch-house, when I told Captain Woolsey that they wanted some watchmen to keep the mob out of the house.  He told me to place a man there - at Blagrove's, the druggists.  A young man came to the watch-house, and told me that he had seen the man wipe the knife under his arm, after he had stabbed.  I went down in the cells with the other watchmen, and told him to pull his coat off.  I examined his coat and vest, and found no blood.

   I went back again to Mr. Blagrove's, and met as Mr. Powell there, the marshall.  He spoke to the man, and asked him if he knew who had done it, and he said Mr. Miller, the painter.  "A short, stout, lump of a man" were the words he made use of.  They then went and got as cot, and were going to take him away to where he boarded.  Mr. Powell and me then started away to go down Fulton street; and I suggested to him that if we were to take Miller before the man who was stabbed, he might recognise him.  He told me he would go and see Judge Downing, and I told him to stop, and I would send a watch-man to see where they carried the man.  We then went to the watch-house, and met Capt. Woolsey there, and Mr. Powell and Capt. W. talked together, and we concluded to take Miller out to where the man lived.  We went there, and one of the three who went into the room, asked the man that was stabbed if he knew any one there ? He opened his eyes and said he did, and added, "Miller, you are the man !" and pointed him out.  The deceased appeared worried and agitated on seeing Miller, and we took him out. Miller said "Tom - Tom - Tom" - and we then took him back to the cells and locked him up.  We measured the knife in the watch-house.  There were about five inches of it soiled, and blood to the length of four inches.  Miller corresponded with the description of the man whom deceased said had stabbed him. [Mr. Stewart further testified that he did not know the young man who said he had seen Miller wipe the knife under his arm.  Miller had a grey coast on, and no blood was found on it.]

   Charles B. Brower, being sworn, deposed as follows : I reside at 105 Fulton street.  There was a crowd came up Fulton street last night, and stopped at Mr. Blagrove's door. They said a man was stabbed.  As he laid, I could not see any blood on or about him.  He appeared like a man that was intoxicated.  I asked a question where he was stabbed, and some one said they believed in the side.  I immediately unbuttoned part of his pantaloons, and observed considerable clotted blood.  Said they had better send for a Doctor, and they replied that they had.  Some one came back, and said the Doctor was not in.  I advised them to go for Dr. Gillfilland, and shortly afterwards his partner (Dr. Cochran) came in, and he began to examine the wound.  While he was probing it, I went out, and came back in about two minutes afterwards.  The Doctor said he wanted some bandages and things, and I went to get them.  He then bandaged the wound.  While the Doctor was bandaging him, the man threw up his arm, as if in pain, and said "Bring them in, I can lick two of them."  From that I supposed he was intoxicated.  Those were the only words I heard him utter.  After the Doctor had bandaged him, he came to himself.  I cannot say whether the man was intoxicated or delirious, for he was a perfect stranger to me.  I know nothing about the cause of his death.

   George Wright, being sworn, deposed as follows : I live at the corner of Concord and Pearl street.  I knew the deceased.  His name was Thomas Carnaghan.  He told me that he was between 22 and 23 years of age - pretty near 23 years.  I have known him about six months.  He was a peaceable, quiet man.  He was from Belfast, in the North of Ireland, and was by birth an Irishman.  He was a gunsmith - a single man, and without family.  He was the same man who was stabbed last night, and brought to my house, and who died this morning.

   Amasa Thayer, sworn. - I live in Nassau street, one door from Bridge.  I was in Mr. Hives's lace store in Fulton street one door below Henry street, last night, and I heard a scuffling at the door, and went out.  The man who was stabbed was standing about two feet from the curb stone.  Miller was stepping from him, and I went in between them and asked them what was the matter ? Miller had a bundle underneath his arm, and he had a knife under the bundle.  It was a large knife, with a buck-horn handle.  The knife now shown me appears to be the same.  Miller trembled, and nearly dropped the knife two or three times in attempting to keep it under the bundle with his right hand.  I did not then see any blood upon the knife, for he kept the blade of it concealed.  Miller was bareheaded at the time, and I asked him what had become of his hat, and he turned round, and went towards Mr. Todd's store.  I did not then know that the man was stabbed.  I went up to him and he could not speak at all.  Mr. Todd and some others came up to him and asked him what was the matter - called him Tom, and wanted to know why he did not speak.  After Mr. Todd had spoken to him two or three times, and he not answering, some asked Tom is he was stabbed, and he said, look on the ground.  In the meantime Mr. Miller had got his hat and had gone some distance up Fulton street, and Mr. Todd, I think it was, called out to some one to go after him.  A young man named Weeks and another young man went after Miller.  Weeks boards at Mr. Chichester's.  When Miller got to Todd's store, I saw the knife and saw about five inches of blood on it.  I took the knife from under Miller's arm.  The knife produced is the knife I took.  Miller said he did not know anything about the stabbing.  Before I took the knife from Miller, he turned it over once or twice under the bundle, as if to wipe the blood off.  He had some things in a  towel.  He did not like to give me the knife at first.  There was blood on it when I got it.  I gave it to Mr. Todd, and he handed it to a boy to take to the watchhouse.  I went with the watchman down to the cells with the man, and saw him take the things from him.

   Phineas C. Lawson , sworn - I live in Warren street, one door from Smith street.  I know that Mr. Miller came to Mr. Todd's door last night and spoke to Mr. Todd and me, and said that he would not be insulted by his man; and with that he took the carving knife from the bundle of goods which he had been purchasing, and started after the man Thomas, who was stabbed.  He met him within about ten yards of Henry street.  They both struck at one another - Mr. Miller, I think with the knife, but I could not see plain at that distance, as I was then standing at Mr. Todd's door. He had the knife in his hand when he went out.  The knife now shown me is, I think, the same knife.  I afterwards saw the knife in Miller's hand, with blood on it.  Miller was afterwards brought down to Todd's store.  When Miller went after Tom, Tom was somewhere round the corner, as I did not at that moment see him.  I have no doubt Miller went after Thomas to stab him, as he said he would, and he had the knife in his hand to do so.  I supposed Miller's name was Jones, and I went after him as far as the first stove store from Todd's and called after him by the name of Jones, and he stopped, and went with me to Todd's store.  I told it was poor work going to stab a man, and he told me I lied.  The Knife was taken from him.  I saw four or five inches of blood on the knife after the man was stabbed.

   The Jury found "That the said Thomas Carnaghan came to his death by a wound inflicted upon him on the evening of the twenty-third day of March instant, by one William Henry Miller, with a carving knife of iron, steel, and horn - which wound was between the eighth and ninth ribs of the said Thomas Carnaghan, upon his left side, and about one inch and a quarter of an inch in length, and about five inches in depth, and that the said William Henry Miller inflicted the said wound feloniously and of his malice aforethought."

   The Coroner, ANDREW OAKES, Esq., returned his thanks to the Mayor for his promptness in tendering the use of the Common Council chamber.


Monday, 1 April 1844 (2)


We learn from the Miner's Express, of Dubuque, Iowa, that the two Winnebago Indians confined there to await their death for the murder of white man, quarreled on the 2d inst., when the stronger killed the weaker.  As near as can be gathered from the imperfect English of the tall Indian, it appears that the small one reproached him with having killed a Che-mokomon (white man,) that the Great Council had decreed that he should die, and taunted him with being the cause of their misfortune (alluding to the murders.)  This so enraged his comrade that he caught up a stick of wood and dealt him the fatal blows.

   The tall Indian throughout the investigation of the Coroner's Inquest preserved the most stoical indifference.  Upon being questioned about the quarrel, he replied, "Whiskey-he-mo-k-mon, me nepo?" pointing to the stick of wood, and exhibiting by signs the manner in which he accomplished the dreadful deed, insinuating that his companion had alluded to the causes which placed them in confinement.  The Express says : Surely, this poor Indian has drained the bitter cup of despair to its very dregs, and all his evils can be ascribed to that demon, alcohol, or "fire-water," which the civilized white man retails to his uncivilized brother !


Thursday, 11 July 1844 (2)


It is reported that Mr. Wm. Snyder, of "Six Mile," was drowned on the 26th inst. while attempting to drive his horses, cattle, &c., to the Bluff; but some hope is entertained that the report is incorrect. - Alton Telegraph.


Tuesday, 30 July 1844 (2)


Christian Fordyce, a printer, employed on the Williamsburgh Democrat, was drowned on Sunday evening, whilst bathing at the foot of south Second street in that village.  He had been attempting to swim - got out of his depth, and so perished.  His body remained half an hour in the water before it was recovered, and all endeavors to restore animation were unavailing.  He was from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, and had been in this country about 15 months. - True Sun.


Monday, 2 September 1844 (2)

The American ship Thomas Bennett, Capt. Halsey, sailed from Liverpool for Charleston on the 3d of August, but returned on the 14th, in consequence of the murder of the captain by the cook.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body, and after an investigation of two days, a verdict of "justifiable homicide" was returned, the jury believing that the deed was committed in self-defence.  The man was not, however, set at liberty upon this verdict, as he was claimed by the American Consul on behalf of out Government.  A decision had not yet been made by the Secretary of State.


Thursday, 10 October 1844 (2)


The warrant for the execution of Samuel Brfainerd, alias Rephon, colored, convicted of the murder of Cuffy Todd, was received from the Governor by the Sheriff on Monday. ...


Friday, 1 November 1844 (2)


Coroner Harris furnishes the following:


OCTOBER 26TH, 1844.]

The following is a list of persons found drowned or perished by exposure in the late storm:

Maria Stoliker, aged 55; Cornelia Stoliker, 12; Harriet Stoliker, 10; Charlotte Stoliker, 4.  One family.

Nancy Smith, aged 24; Amanda Smith, 4; Adeline Smith, 2; W. H. Smith, 7.  One family.

Catharine Smith, aged 24; Charlotte Smith, 2.  One family.

David G. Ploff, aged 16; Jas. Smith, 17; John Wallen, 18.

Johanna Smith, aged 29; Louisa Smith, 8; Barbara Smith, 6; Sarah Smith, 14.  One family.

Female child, unknown; Jno. King's child, aged 2 weeks; Thos. Gillis, 7; --- Gillis, 9; Mrs. O'Brien, 40; Ellen Byman, 24; Catharine Reading, 25.

A child found near Clark & Skinner's canal.

Ambrose Wiley, accidentally killed by the falling of a house.

A child unknown, about two weeks old.

Mr. Metot, lived over the creek, and a son about 12 years old.

Mrs. White, of Clarence hollow.

Mr. Ransom, of farmer's Point.

   In addition to the above we learn from the Coroner that there are still some 25 persons missing, many of whom have been minutely described by their friends.  Making in all a total of nearly 60 deaths, from drowning and exposure. - Buffalo Com. Adv.



Brooklyn Eagle, Friday, 7 July 1845 (2)

[Reported for the Brooklyn Eagle.]

Local Items.

An inquest was held yesterday upon the body of a well dressed woman, apparently of the age of twenty five, which was found in the waters of the East River, near Thompson's wharf.  From her appearance she was supposed to be an English woman.  She had evidently been in the water but a few days.  Her dress consisted of a black merino frock, black silk bonnet, gloves and stockings, white muslin chemise, whit flannel petticoat, and white linen handkerchief.  There was no mark upon any of the articles of dress by which she could be recognized; not any indication of violence upon her person. The verdict was that she came to her death in some manner unknown to the jury.  All the incidents render it probable that she must have fallen from some one of the many steamboats which made excursions on the Fourth of July.  But a singular feature in the case is, that there is no account of any such person having been missed since Friday.  The body was interred yesterday at Flatbush as found; and no vestige of her clothing was retained for purposes of identification.  This is an oversight on the part of the coroner.

   A man was killed yesterday in attempting to jump upon the Harlem railroad cars.  He missed his hold and fell upon the track, and a car which immediately followed passed over his body, killing him instantly. ...

   A row boat containing four boys was run into by the steamboat Brooklyn, of the South ferry, and one of the lads, named Thomas Jenkins, drowned. - The others saved themselves by jumping upon the guards of the ferry boat.  No on e, as usual, is to blame, as the boat was backing at the time.


Wednesday, 11 July 1845 (2)


   Lost overboard, January 10th, 1843, Amos Chamberlain of Colchester, Con.,

   Killed by a whale, July 13, 1843, Augustus G. Smith, of Reading, Penn., aged 20 years.

   Wm. Bensley, of Troy, New York, fell overboard from ship India, in a fit, and was drowned, Nov. 11, 1844.

   William Hood, of Albany, aged 20 years belonging to ship Wm. Rotch, fell from mast head and was killed, Oct 11. 1844.


Saturday, 12 July 1845 (2)


Last evening, about 8 o'clock, the daughter of Mr. Patrick Kane, No. 6 Stone street, was found dead in the new building now erecting in Stone street for a Public School. - She probably was playing in the building and fell through the beams, which must have caused instant death, as she was quite cold when found by a neighbor who was looking for his children. - Jour. of Com.

CORONER'S OFFICE, Friday. - Death by being burned.

A girl named Ann Madden, aged 19, of No. 66 Willett street, yesterday morning was sealing some Cologne bottles at No. 80 Pearl street, with a spirit lamp in her hand, the gas took fire, and exploding burnt her terribly.  She was carried to the hospital, where she died at 11 o'clock last night. - The Coroner held an inquest, and the verdict was in accordance with the above facts. - Ib.


Monday, 11 August 1845

Indians, Delaware, Edgerton killed and inquest.


Friday, 19 September 1845 (2)


The New York Globe, remarking on the verdict rendered by a coroner's jury in Williamsburgh the other day, viz: that a man had "died by the visitation of God in consequence of being intoxicated," gives the following which it says occurred some years ago in Rhode Island: ...


Monday, 9 February 1846 (2)

ATROCIOUS MURDER. - Inquest after nearly Thirty Years.

Bannet, County Donegal; Betty Thompson, found in peat bog, disappeared May 1814.


Saturday, 24 February 1846 (2)


The Coroner yesterday held an inquest upon the body of John Duff, in Helmuth street, near Schuylkill Sixth, who came to his death from a fracture of the skull, caused by a blow inflicted with a club in the firemen's fight that took place neat Fairmount last Saturday evening.  The Mayor has taken measures to have the authors of this murder brought to justice.  Phil. North. Am., Friday.


Friday, 8 May 1846 (2)


The Coroner was called yesterday to hold an inquest upon the body of Elizabeth Johnson, a colored woman, at 115 Navy street, who, we understand, died rather suddenly of inflammation of the lungs.  The verdict of the jury was "from causes unknown."


Friday, 5 June 1846 (2)


Editorial of Sudden or Accidental deaths; continues: Among the most peculiar sudden deaths, on this part of Long island, is one which occurred some summers since on Fulton street; or rather that part of the turn pike that went by what was then called Parmentier's Garden.  We forbear the mention of names, from motives of delicacy: ...


Saturday, 13 June 1846 (2)



About ten o'clock this morning a horse ... The animal abated not his speed until he had knocked down a lady who had just landed from the boat, and a man inside the ferry gate, and ran upon the further end of the boat where the chain finally stopped him.

   The unfortunate lady, we are assured by those who witnessed the scene, received the hoofs of the horse full in the chest which immediately rendered her senseless. She was conveyed, upon a vehicle standing near, to the office of Doctors Corson & Ayres, corner of Fulton and Sands, where everything was done for her that medical skill and humanity could suggest.  We learn that her name is Mrs. Maria nelson, of 60 Stanton street, this city.

   We are informed that no possibility exists for her recovery.



A sail b oat containing for persons was upset this morning by a squall of wind, off the foot of bridge street.  One of the men was drowned and his wife taken out of the water nearly so, but resuscitated.  The other two persons escaped by clinging to the boat, whence they were taken off.


Monday, 27 July 1846 (2)



A young colored man between seventeen and eighteen years of age fell off the toll bridge, at the foot of Smith street, where he was fishing, about half-past ten o'clock this morning; and before any assistance could be rendered was drown ed.  We learn that his body had not been recovered at noon.  His jacket or coat found on the wharf has been left at the toll house. - We understand he belonged to Flatbush.



The coroner held an inquest yesterday upon the body of an unknown colored man, apparently about 25 years of age, who was found in the East River, at the foot of Washington street, by Archibald Campbell.


Friday, 31 July 1846 (2)


A man named Ludlow, a bell hanger, while intoxicated went into bathe this morning, at the new dock of Messrs. Smith, and was drowned.  He was in the employ of a Mr. Jackson, of Fulton st., had a wife, and resided in York st.


William Broderick, the young man who was fatally injured upon the Railroad near the Atlantic Dock in this city, on Wednesday afternoon, died at the New York Hospital the same night. - An inquest was held yesterday b y the Coroner of N.Y., and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.


Monday, 17 August 1846 (2)

City Intelligence.


There was quite an excitement yesterday morning among the police in consequence of a rough poorhouse coffin having been found uninterred at the Tillary street burying ground.  The affair was laid before the Mayor who caused an investigation to be instituted.  He proceeded to the spot accompanied by the police, and upon opening the coffin the body of an old woman was found therein.  Coroner Brown of Bushwick was immediately summoned to hold an inquest, and empaneled a jury.  The only testimony that could be found was that of an attendant of the graveyard, who deposed that, the evening before, the coffin had been brought there in a hearse, accompanied by two females.  The hearse drove off after the body was deposited where it was discovered, and the females went away for the purpose of getting a permit from a priest to inter it in the portion of the yard belonging to the Catholics.  Nothing more was seen of them, and the coffin was left there all night.  The coroner then adjourned the inquest until he could proceed to New York, whence the body had been brought, and procure further testimony.

   He succeeded in tracing the hearse, and then discovered that the body had been brought from a basement, No. 17 Cherry street.  Here the two women were also found, and it appeared that while on their way to the house of the priest they got so intoxicated as to be unable to attend further to the errand upon which they were engaged; and proceeded homeward, leaving the dead to bury itself.  They stated that they had procured a permit from Mr. Archer, the City Inspector of New York, to convey the body across the ferry; and upon applying at the Inspector's office, the coroner found that these representations were entirely correct, and that the permit was based upon the physician's certificate.  A copy of the latter was taken, and it proved to have been granted by Dr. Newcomb, who certified that the name of the deceased was Catharine Simmons, a native of Ireland, aged 68 years, and that she had died of "diarrhoea, superinduced by excessive alcoholic potations."

   The jury having been re-assembled in the forenoon, and the above additional evidence laid before them, they found a verdict in accordance with the facts.  An order was afterwards made by the Superintendants of the Poor, for the interment of the body at the pauper burial ground at Flatbush, where it was conveyed this morning.


Wednesday, 19 August 1846 (2)


The body of Bernard Kelley was found in the Alleghany river near Pittsburg, on Thursday.  The verdict of the Coroner's jury was, that he came to his death by "insanity and drowning."  It seems that he had been paying his addressers to a widow lady in that vicinity, but her refusal of all his proposals to make her a happy wife, so worked upon his mind as to destroy all his reason.  He wandered up the Alleghany about nine miles, where he procured a skiff in a great hurry, stating that he wished to cross the river as fast as possible, as there were four constables after him.  When about half way over, he undressed himself, jumped into the river, and was drowned. - This occurred on Tuesday.


Wednesday, 16 September 1846 (2)


John Martin, of Brooklyn, employed at the saw yard corner of 12th and Av. C., N.Y. was killed instantly by the breaking of a rope on which he was working with a lever.


Tuesday, 29 September 1846 (2)

City Intelligence.

Young Mr. Cornwell who shot himself through the head with a pistol at the corner of 53d street and 4th avenue, N.Y., and on whom the inquest was held yesterday, was a young man of respectability and property, late of Manhasset, L.I. where he was born, and where his respectable and wealthy parents reside.  He became ardently attached to a young lady of great moral worth and large fortune, and had proposed marriage; but she utterly refused to marry him, and dismissed him altogether as a suitor, which threw him into a desponding state.  In this state he left his parents, house and came to N. Y. some two months ago, and took board in Broome street, occasionally visiting the family of Mr. Hicks, 53 Elizabeth street, whose wife was his relation, and where his money and other effects were left.  After the inquest Mr. Hicks had the body handsomely coffined and conveyed to his father's residence for burial.


Inquests have been held in the cases of the child found dead in a sink, and the infant buried in a mysterious manner near the Greenwood Cemetery fence; but as the coroner has since kept himself and papers at Williamsburgh, we are unable to obtain the result of these investigations.



We learn that Coroner Brown of Williamsburgh held an inquest upon the body of John Carrigan, who was found dead at South Brooklyn under circumstances leading to the supposition that he had been murdered.  The probability as to the cause of death appeared to be that the deceased wandered forth from his home in an inebriated condition, fell from a small elevation upon a mass of rocks, and died from the injuries thus received.  The verdict of the jury was, we learn, that the deceased came to his death from causes unknown.


Brooklyn Eagle, Tuesday, 5 January 1847 (2)

New York City, &c.

A murder was committed on Sunday evening about dark by a man named Moore, who was employed as a dock-tender, on the person of A. F. Tirrell, a stove merchant in Fulton st., N.Y. It appears that Tirrell, who is connected with an iron foundry in Poughkeepsie, went down to the dock, foot of Murray st. to see about the transportation of wares, and there got into a quarrel with the accused, who struck him one or two violent blows with a large club upon the forehead - felling him to the earth.  He died about 5 o'clock yesterday morning.  Moore was arrested and is in custody.  A coroner's inquest was held last evening, which resulted in the verdict that the deceased came to his death by a blow or blows inflicted upon him by Moore.  The body of Tirrell, nearly naked, was lying, during the inquest, in the same room where the prisoner sat, who appeared quite unmoved at a spectacle which appalled the heart of every other beholder.  The prisoner is a short, thick-set man in truckman's garb.  The murdered was quite a young and handsome man, with large, black whiskers, imperial, &c.


Monday, 11 January 1847 (2)



An infant child of James Rows, six months old, which had been placed by its father in the charge of Sarah Martin No. 15 Jackson street, was a few mornings since found dead in the bed where it had slept alone, although it was perfectly well the night before.  It probably died from convulsions.  The coroner held an inquest on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of "unknown causes."



An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon last, at the office of George Abrahams, coroner of this city, upon the body of a colored woman named Frances Kissam, aged about 40 years.  The deceased resided at East Brooklyn, in the vicinity of Ald. Boerum's; and her husband went into the woods before breakfast on Saturday, and left her alone to prepare their meal.  While thus engaged, her clothes accidentally caught fire, burnt her in the most dreadful manner and deprived her of the power to extinguish the flames.  Her husband returned and found her in a senseless condition. He cast the contents of a pail of water over her, but she survived a very short time.  Verdict of the jury, "death from accidental burning."



Rolling on a barrel, standing on the head, and such other violent means, are not the proper ones to pursue, to resuscitate a half drowned person. ... There is good reason to suppose that a young man, partly drowned at the Williamsburgh ferry, last week, might have recovered had he not been rolled on a barrel, and so killed.


Monday, 1 February 1847 (2)

The Story of John Burke.

John Burke, a prisoner, sentenced to the Connecticut state prison for life, for the murder of his wife, in Hartford, a few years since, committed suicide on the night of the 1st instant, by cutting an artery in his arm, and died in a few hours afterwards. [Long account of family, loss of child, (sentenced in 1839), cut wife's throat, jumped in river, rescued and resuscitated.]


Tuesday, 4 May 1847 (2)



A shocking outrage was perpetrated last night in this city.  As Alvah Hotchkiss, jeweller of Hudson st., N.Y., whose place of residence is in Union, near Clinton st., Brooklyn, was returning home about ten o'clock in the night, and when opposite Dr. Stone's church, he was attacked by some person or persons, who had waylaid him.  The back part of his skull was beaten in to the depth of two inches, apparently with a sling shot.  He is ascertained to have had about $300 in money on his person, together with a gold watch, and many other valuables. - These were all taken from him; and he was probably left for dead on the pavement. [continues]



The coroner held an inquest upon the unknown man mentioned yesterday as having been found in the East river.  Nothing about him could in the least establish his identity.  He was respectably dressed, having on a brown surtout black frock coat, diamond-ribbed pantaloons, and black velvet vest.  A slender gold ring was on one finger.  Verdict, found drowned.  The body was interred at Flatbush yesterday afternoon.

   From a more rigid inspection of the papers found upon him, it is supposed that the name of deceased is Ralph Thompson, of New London, Conn., and that on the 27th of January he was staying in 18th street, New York.


Wednesday, 5 May 1847 (2)



Hotchkiss still alive; operation to relive pressure from skull.



Ralph Thompson positively identified. ... he had been absent from home about three months.  The manner in which he became drowned is not known.


Monday, 8 June 1847 (2)

John Parker and Mary Myers, have been tried at Butler, (Pa.) for the murder of John Myers, the husband of the woman indicted.  It was proved that arsenic had been administered to Myers, and the circumstances pointed so strongly to Parker and Mrs. Myers, who had been living in improper intimacy, that the jury brought in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree.



Our Brooklyn boys will learn a caution from the following accident.  Robert Mc'Bongen of no. 82 Rosevelt st. New York, went to bathe yesterday at Bedlow's Island, and was drowned.  His body was recovered and conveyed to his residence, where the coroner held an inquest.


Tuesday, 29 June 1847 (2)



A son of Dr. Willey, of this city, aged about eleven years was drowned yesterday afternoon, while bathing in Frick's mill pond, South Brooklyn.  His body was not recovered until this morning when coroner Abrahams was called to hold an inquest.


Wednesday, 21 July 1847 (2)


From a long statement in the Boston Post it appears that the tragedy at Osterville, in the supposed murder of an infant, if which we gave a brief account the other day, has developed itself, as was to have been anticipated, as the act of an irresponsible agency, under the influence of insanity.  On Thursday last, an examination was had before honorable Nymphas Marston, judge of probate, upon the representation of the husband and father of Mrs. Hinckley, the mother of the deceased child, under the 6th section of the 48th chapter of the revised statutes of Mass., relative to persons dangerously insane.  Three respectable physicians, doctors Ford, Jackson and Doane, of Barnstable, examined the patient, and gave a decided opinion that it was a case of monomania.  It appears in evidence, that this unfortunate young mother, who is now about twenty years of age, was, when a child, in 1839, bitten in a swamp by a snake in the heel, which at the time had a serious effect upon her nervous system.  That' subsequently, at intervals, the symptoms reappeared, and though happy in all her domestic relations, and of a naturally cheerful disposition, she was at times subject to morbid melancholy, and on two or three occasions attempted suicide.  The last visitation of this affliction was in 1843, when her present husband, then engaged to her, himself rescued her from an attempt to drown herself, for which there was no known or supposed apparent cause.  They were attached to each other from childhood, and with a knowledge of all the circumstances on the part of the husband, they were married in 1845, and have always lived most happily together, residing in the family of the father of the husband, Mr. Oliver Hinckley, ship builder, and a most exemplary and estimable man.  Young Mrs. H. was a member of the methodist church.

   In January, 1847, and again in April, two attempts were made to fire the dwelling place of the father, Mr. Hinckley, which excited unusual alarm in the quiet and moral community in which such a crime was unheard of.  All attempts to discover the incendiary failed.  At another time, subsequently, and before the birth of the child, the family, on returning home, found an image in front of the house, dressed from the clothes that hung in the yard.  In June last the family were again alarmed by some occurrence, and there was found written on the door, in chalk, "It is me - are you afraid ?"

   The young mother, who possesses uncommon beauty, was apparently happy in the birth of her child, which was two months and eleven days old on the day of the sad catastrophe.  On that day she was left at home with her child, and had dressed it in its best apparel and laid it down to sleep near the door, where it was seen by a neighbor.  Soon after, while the people were in church, they were alarmed with intelligence that the child was lost, and in about an hour afterward it was found in the water, about half a mile from the wharf, opposite the house of Mr. Hinckley, the tide flooding in a strong current in that direction.  An investigation was had, the country scoured, an inquest was held, but no trace of the supposed murderer was found, and the peaceful village was thrown into terror and horror at the mystery of such a crime in such a community.  On Monday, when the funeral was to take place, the plan was suggested by some, and in the general consternation acceded to, of making each person in the village attest to their own innocence, in the presence of the dead child.  No oath in form was taken, because no one could be authorized to administer an oath, except upon the inquest of the coroner, but solemn asseverations were made, and perhaps some few might have expected a special interposition of Providence tor expose the murderer.  It was wrong, but perhaps not inexcusable, under the extraordinary state of excrement and alarm, and the acquiescence of some of the relatives, that the mother should have been required to pass through this ordeal.  No satisfactory result followed, and after a long delay, the child was buried at eight o'clock, on Monday evening.

   On the following day, or the next, words fell from the mother to her own sick mother, which led to the belief that she had caused the child's death.  Of this there can now be no doubt; nor can there be any doubt that so far from being guilty of the murder of the child she loved and nursed so tenderly, she is herself the victim of a mysterious monomania, that again tempted her to take her own life, but led to the loss of that of her child.  In the same confession she would declare that she did not do it, and could not have done it, and that she was tempted and could not help it.  From the incoherency of her own relation, it would seem that she was tempted to take her own life on Saturday, but made no attempt; on Sunday, when left alone, she went with the child to the wharf, which was an open space, before the house and very near it, and sat down on the wharf meditating on throwing herself in.  But the thought came to her that no self-murderer could enter into heaven.  In this condition the child got out of her arms, either fell or was thrown - for it is impossible to determine which, but most likely the former - and was swept by the rapid current pout of her reach.  The actual terror in which she appeared at the next neighbor's and gave the alarm of the loss of the child, indicated both distraction and insanity, and favors the supposition, as do many other acts, that even in her insane purpose of self-destruction, the falling of the child into the water was accidental, and not her own act. 

   In the event, however, is there any crime, but a deep affliction, from which we trust this unfortunate young woman will be relieved and restored to herself and to her afflicted husband and family.

   The Post derives these facts from a friend who saw the unhappy person on Friday night, at the United States Hotel, on her way to the Worcester asylum, accompanied by her husband (who adheres to her with the true faith of early love), and Mr. James N. Lovell, the officer entrusted with her until committed to the custody of the kindly influences of the superintendent of the asylum.  With these facts let a veil be drawn over the deep affliction of the worthy families who feel this wound in their deepest heart, and the blighted prospects of the lovely young being, who by a mysterious agency, not of her own will, is thus made the instrument of her own woe; and instead of indulging an unkind thought of uncharitableness, let us all pray as He has taught us, "Lead us not into temptation."


Saturday, 31 July 1847 (2)



On Saturday last Mr. Jonas Gildersleeve of Babylon, south side, with his family and a number of families from his neighbourhood went on a bathing excursion to the beach, and Mr. G. being an expert swimmer, ventured out a great distance from the shore, and never returned.  It is not known whether he was seized by a shark, or carried out by the receding waves so far that he had not strength sufficient to swim back, or whether he was attacked with a cramp.  ...

   The very same evening, (24th) directly on the opposite side of the island a young man by the name of John Snediker, about 19 years of age, was drowned at the Oyster bay [mill] within about two hundred yards of where Mr. Smith Sammis was killed on the Thursday previous, as related in our paper a few days since.  He was in the water bathing and learning to swim, he swam a short distance along the shore in shoal water, when he remarked to some young men in company with him that he could swim across the basin as he had swam farther than that, he made the attempt and when about the middle sank, and notwithstanding the exertions of those present to save him, drowned.  His parents, who reside at Wolver hollow, were unaware of his absence until the fatal news reached them of his death,


Friday, 27 August 1847 (2)

MURDER. - From the Troy Budget.

On Thursday evening last, a man by the name of Runkle, living on West street, was found dead in his house.  His body was severely mangled, and his wife also bore marks of violence.  A coroner's inquest was held, and the jury brought in a verdict that the deceased came to his death by the violence of his wife and daughter, who were both committed.  The Gazette of Saturday, has the following additional particulars:

   "The family, which consisted of the husband and wife, and a daughter 12 years old, had lived here but a few months, and came from Westmoreland, where they had lived several years.  They were originally from Montgomery county, where they are said to be respectably connected.  Neither Runkle nor his wife were intemperate, but their character was an unenviable one.  There were, it is said, hard reports respecting them while they lived in Montgomery county, connected with the disappearance of a pedlar, and two of their children who had dropped something respecting it, were found drowned under such circumstances that the coroner's jury returned that they came to their deaths by the agency of some person or persons unknown.  This is the story of a resident of that county who happened to be here on Thursday.  During the latter part of their residence in Westmoreland they were much engaged in litigation, and their name is familiar to the frequenters of the county courts.  All three were under recognizances to appear at the next recorder's court, on a charge of larceny, in stealing clothes from their neighbors.

   Runkle was a feeble man, having been in declining health for some time.  His wife and daughter's account of his death is, that in the night he was taken with a fit, got out of bed, and fell down on the floor two or three times, and thus occasioned the injuries which appeared on his person; that the marks on the wife were from blows received while assisting him.  Their testimony is quite conflicting. The daughter was sent to the neighbors for assistance, early in the morning.  When they arrived they found Runkle laid out upon the bed, dead and cold.  There were traces of blood on the floor, which had been mopped up.  On searching the house, a bundle was found concealed in the garret, containing shirts of the three, all more or less soiled with blood.  The accounts of the wife and daughter in relation to the change of their own clothes and that of the father are conflicting and contradicted by the facts.  The dead man was severely bruiser about the moth and three of his teeth knocked out, which were found in the room.  He was also somewhat bruised on the elbows, hips and knees, as if by struggling on the floor.

   A post mortem examination disclosed nothing in the opinion of the physicians to warrant the supposition of a natural death, and there were no marks of violence sufficient to have caused it, except on the throat, where the traces of a thumb and fingers having been applied for the purpose of choking were evident.  The verdict of the coroner's jury was as follows:

   'That the said John Runkle came to his death in consequence of violence occasioned to him by Mary Runkle, in the presence of Elizabeth Runkle, and with the assistance of the said Elizabeth.'

   Runkle was worth some $2,000 or $3,000 and had recently received about $500, which was found in his house, in part payment for his farm in Westmoreland.  His wife testified that they had lived amicable together, and that he had never raised his hand against her.  The  report of fighting being ....................extract incomplete.  Recheck.


Brooklyn Eagle, Tuesday, 12 February 1848 (2)


The Niagara Mail records a case of outrage upon the person, and murder of a Mrs. Bell, a member of the Methodist church at Port Robinson.  The perpetrator is a colored man named Gaunt, who was sawing wood for Mrs. Bell.  The lady passed into her bed-room, where the negro followed.  She screamed and he struck her with a billet of wood, following up the blows until he caused her death.  He then fled to the woods, but returned to the village in the evening. 


He also stole various articles.  On his arrest he acknowledged the crime.  The coroner's inquest charges him with the threefold crime.


Friday, 23 June 1848 (3)


A shocking case of infanticide was developed this morning, and the principal source of regret appears to be that there is now clew to the perpetrators.  A woman went at an early hour into the ladies' saloon at the Fulton ferry and discovered in the sink the body of a female infant, from four to seven days old, partially dressed, and enveloped in a plaid muslin handkerchief.  Attached to it, by way of sinker, was a bag containing about fourteen pounds of beach sand.  The ebbing of the tide caused it to be visible.  Coroner Anderson, of Bushwick, held an inquest this forenoon, during which the above facts appeared, and the jury found a verdict "that the child was drowned by some person or persons to the jury unknown."  There is little doubt but that it was thus murdered in order to conceal circumstances of guilt on the part of its inhuman parent.  We understand that a reward will be offered by the authorities in order to obtain some trace of the guilty parties.


Thursday, 6 July 1848 (3)


Coroner Anderson of Bushwick held an inquest at Williamsburgh, on the 4th of July, upon the body of a male infant which was found on the shore of the East river, enclosed in a coffin, in which stones had been placed for the purpose of sinking it.  It was very respectably clad.  Verdict of the jury was that the child had been murdered. - The coroner retains its clothes for the purpose of identification with a view to bringing the guilty parties to justice.


Saturday, 29 July 1848 (3)


Coroner Anderson, of Bushwick, held the following inquests on Thursday last:

   On the body of William Thompson, a discharged seaman, recently returned in then store ship Erie, who came to his death from injuries received by falling from the steps of his boarding house, No. 1 Navy street.  He was found with his head on the pavement, and his legs upon the steps, and being taken into the house, was left all night in the entry without medical attendance.  In the morning he was found dead.  He probably died from a fracture of the scull.

   Also, in Washington street, on the body of Wm. W. Goodwin, aged 37 years - the returned soldier from the Mexican campaign, mentioned yesterday.  Verdict; causes unknown.

   Also, on the body of Edmond O'Connell, aged 30 years, who died from the effects of drinking cold water.

   Also, at Williamsburgh, on the body of Francis Vale, aged 31 years, who was drowned.  The deceased had recently been employed in the glass factory in Ewen street, in that village.


Brooklyn Eagle, Thursday, 22 February 1849 (2)

The Hempstead Fire.

So many and contradictory accounts are in circulation relative to the late awful calamity at Hempstead, that I deem it proper to communicate to you for publication what is deemed to be a true statement.  Early on the morning of the 15th instant, the dwelling of Jonathan Miller, about three miles southwesterly of the village of Hempstead; was discovered on fire, and in a short time wholly consumed.  Amid the burning mass were found the nearly consumed bodies of his wife, daughter, and two sons.  Mr. Miller had left home with a load of hay, for Brooklyn, just before the fire broke out, and was overtaken or met by a messenger sent after him, at or near Bediore [???], where he had disposed of his load.  As no one at first expected a murder had been committed, a rather informal inquest was held by the coroner, without any particular result; but the community was not satisfied, and a request was made for a more thorough examination of the circumstances attending the fire, and death of the individuals.

   Accordingly another jury was summoned the next day, attended by Drs. Webb and Shedeker [???].  So much was elicited on the occasion that the jury had no difficulty in coming to the conclusion that a most foul and atrocious murder had been perpetrated.  For although the bodies of the children were so far destroyed by the flames as to admit of no satisfactory clue to the manner of their deaths, yet over the left temple of Mrs. Miller, was discovered a very severe fracture of the skull caused by one or more blows from a heavy instrument, by which the bone was crushed in, followed by an extravasation of blood in the adjacent parts.

  The inference was natural and unavoidable, from finding an axe, with the handle burnt off, near the bodies, which had no doubt fallen with them from the chamber overhead.  This axe was proved to have been previously kept in a corner of the wash room adjoining the kitchen, and at a considerable distance from the place where it was found.  The jury, as well as those present, were convinced that Mrs. Miller, and probably the three also, had been despatched with this axe - the house set on fire to hide the murder, and cause it to be believed that they had died of suffocation.

   All the bodies were found upon the ground, directly under where their beds had stood in the second story of the building.  The chimney fell in such a direction, that it was evident no bruises had been occasioned thereby.  And as no spoons or other silver were found among the ruins, it was apparent that they had been carefully removed before the fire was communicated.  This is one of the most appalling, aggravated and cold blooded murders ever known in this region, and well deserves the utmost scrutiny of the public authorities to detect and punish the perpetrator of it.  If a deed so horrid as this, does not arouse the energies of every individual to discover the criminal and avenge the death of the innocent, it will evidence an indifference and moral dereliction alike disgraceful and dangerous to the safety of the community. - Jamaica Democrat.


Saturday, 19 May 1849 (3)

Coroner Ball, held an inquest on Thursday at the city hospital, on the body of a man named Lawrence Downey, whose death was caused by a bank of earth caving in upon him.  Verdict accordingly.

   Also at Red Hook, upon the body of a newly born infant: verdict, that the child was born alive, but destroyed shortly after birth by some person or persons unknown to the jury.


Dr. Coolrige, the murderer of Matthews, has committed suicide.


Tuesday, 29 May 1849 (3)


The coroner yesterday afternoon held an inquest on the body of a colored man found dead, in the hay-loft of a stable in John street near Hudson avenue.  Verdict. Died from exhaustion.


Mr. John Wood, a native of London, 2nd mate of the Br. barque Feronia, from Antwerp lying at Quarantine, fell overboard on Sunday night about 10 o'clock, and was drowned.


Saturday, 22 September 1849 (2)

Inquest on the Murder Case.

The coroner held an inquest yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, on the body of the woman, Catharine Kinney, an account of whose death we gave yesterday.  The following is the substance of the evidence:

   Peter Roach, sworn - I have resided in this family for nearly 2 years; I know Catharine Kinney; I last saw her after 9 o'clock in the store; she appeared to be as well as I ever saw her; she had not been complaining; did not see her again until she was dead; I did not sleep here; I am not in the habit of closing the store; I got here about 25 minutes of [blank on paper] for; saw the mother of the deceased, the girl and others trying to get in; I generally open the door; the store is generally open before the time I spoke of; the mother of deceased asked me to come in and see what was the matter; I got in at the window; the shutters was not fastened; I raised the window sash; when I looked in, I saw the deceased lying here, (witness pointed out the spot,) and Michael Kinney standing with his back towards the back door; I then got in and went to Michael, and asked him for the key of the store; he made no answer; I asked him again and he made no answer; I thought he looked angerly at me; he never spoke a word; I took the key which I found on the floor, by the side of the door; I took him by the arm, to which he made no resistance; I then opened the door; Michael most of the time looked down on deceased; this was about a quarter to seven; after a short time I opened the front door; I asked 2 gentlemen to send for a doctor; they were standing there; when I left them last they were not quarrelling; he never abused her to my knowledge; Kinney used to drink a great deal at times; I have seen him intoxicated; saw nothing unusual strange about him during the past day or night; I was engaged in making fireworks for Kinney in a different shop; I have seen him nearly every day during the past month; I have heard him talk simple and foolish; I believed the man to be in debt, and that troubled him; I am no relative to any of the parties; on Sunday last, deceased asked me to go with her husband, as she was afraid he would get weak, and not be able to come back; heard him (Kinney) say that he was bad with the gravel; I think I have seen him drink liquor within the week; he is not easily excited; liquor did not make him ugly; never heard him threaten his wife.

   Alice Murphy sworn - I have lived in the same house with deceased 15 months; I last saw deceased about half past 11 o'clock that night; deceased and her husband were setting on the mat; they were never more united than last night when I left them; about 1 o'clock I thought I heard a scream; I thought they were playing with one another; I sleep in the basement; the scream did not wake me up; there was a noise about 5 or 6 minutes after I heard the scream; I thought it was Kinney's boots which he was in the habit of throwing off; I asked if that was Mrs. Kinny but received no answer; I heard Mr. Kinney walking about until 3 o'clock; I thought he was trying to get out, and Mrs. Kinney was trying to prevent him; she was always afraid of his going out; I came up here about 5 o'clock this morning; I called Mrs. Kinney; I got no answer, and then went down stairs; I got in at about 8 o'clock; (the testimony of this witness was afterwards substantially the same as that given by Roach, the first witness) [rep.] The old lady  said to Kinney, "God bless your handy work.  Michael Kinney, did you murder my child ?" never noticed anything wild or strange in his appearance; I was here on Saturday; Mrs. Kinney said there was a bonfire of old straw, and that she was afraid the fireworks in the basement would catch, and Mr. Kinney would be uneasy about it, and told me to take them away, which I did; did not see Kinney that night; he has been ailing or complaining, but Mrs. Kinney said she thought he'd be better if he would rouse himself from the lowness which came over him; he was always sociable with men, but never took notice of any of us; I never heard an angry word from him, and he was very fond of his wife; the mother of the deceased has slept in the same bed for the last three weeks; this was in consequence of a remark that Mrs. Kinney's sister made about Kinney's being low spirited; the reason she did not sleep here last night was that her daughter from Troy had just arrived, and she staid home to entertain her; the parties were all on good terms with each other.

   Wm. H. Dudley sworn. - I am a practising physician; I have been in attendance upon Mr. Kinney upon three occasions within three months.  He had on one of these dysentery; the next time was from the effects of drinking; about two months ago he appeared to lose his memory, he also complained of very little interest in his business; he said he had been for a long time in the habit of drinking; the last time was about ten days ago, when his wife came for me; she said that he was very desponding and she was afraid something was the matter with him more than ordinary; I ascertained that he had been over to New York and there drank deeply; he complained of vertigo.

   John J. Ladd sworn. - I am a practising physician in this city; I was called to see the deceased at about a quarter to seven; I saw Mr. Kinney; he was standing with his fists clenched; his countenance looked as if he had delirium tremens; I said to him, "she's dead," when he turned his eye slowly away; he had the appearance of sulleness.

   Daniel Ayres - I am a practising physician in this city; I made a post mortem examination on the body of the deceased. [The Dr. here gave a statement of the appearance of the body.]

   Post mortem examination by Dr. Ayers. - The deceased was found lying on her back, inclined to the left side; limbs rigid., arms fixed at right angles across the breast; hands closed, face looking towards the lefty, eyes half open, pupil natural, conjunctiva injected, hair dishevelled, left side of the head and neck of a purplish color or ecchymose, head and extremities cold, abdomen and chest warm, an  abrasion of an oval shape a little to the right of the medium line and about an inch below the chin; a small spot about the size of of a dime immediately on the sternal extremity of the clavicle on the left side; right side of the neck exhibited bruised marks corresponding with the turn of the jaw and the line of the sterna cluda mastoid muscle of the right side; there appears to be a little more fulness of the right side of the neck than of the left side; the whole integument of the right side appears to have a greenish or yellow tinge.  A mark on the inside of the right mamma corresponding to the marks of the two knuckles; bruised marks on inferior sand interior side of the same mamma, two and a half inches below the former; these all appear superficial.  The head was lying towards the back door and the feet towards the bed room door.  No particular marks of violence about the chest; lungs, heart and abdomen  perfectly healthy; right side contained fluid blood, left side and back, and a portion of the scalp discolored by ecchymosis.  Brain sinuses filled with blood, like wise the veins of the chira mater; a large quantity of blood and  serum flowed from the spinal canal; considerable effusions beneath the membranes blood fluid, brain and membranes bear no evidence of disease; left wrist ecchymosed as if it had been grasped; a slight scratch below the jaw upon the neck.

   I think that the marks on the throat of the deceased are sufficient to cause strangulation; those bruises could not have been caused after death; the position of the arms was unnatural and must have been placed there.

   Dr. Ladd recalled - I have heard Dr. Ayres' deposition and agree in all material points.  I tried to assimilate the marks and thought that one of Kinney's hands was at her back pressing her close to him, while he strangled her with the other.  It was not done by a cord, I think the act might have been committed either in a standing or lying position.  My opinion is that the deceased came to her death by violent means; the veinous blood being prevented from returning to the heart.

   Dr. Ayers recalled. - My opinion is that the deceased came to her death by violent means.

   Ann Egan, sworn. - I am a sister of Mrs. Kinney; I last saw her alive at 9 o'clock, she was then in good health, she had not been complaining, I left Mr. Murphy and Michael King and his wife, I never saw them agree better; I saw her again this morning about 7 o'clock.  When I came in no one was here but Mr. Kinney, he spoke to me, he looked at me frightened, he appeared to know me very well, I have been in the habit of seeing him every day since he has been married, and I have not seen any thing out of the way with him.

   He used to drink a great deal.  It is some three or four weeks since he left off; since that time he has been more attentive to his work; he had been sick three or four months; during the last two weeks my sister has spoken about Kinney's going out, giving as a reason that something would happen to him; he used to say he expected to go to prison and talk wildly and raving; this was at the latter end of last week; he said he would be taken for a debt or rent; - deceased never made any complaint about his abusing her.  The deceased has said that she did not like to be left alone; all she wanted her mother to stay here for, was, because he (Kinney) was sick.  I have heard him say that if any one knew his circumstances they would be as gloomy as he was.

   Michael H. Murphy sworn - I knew Michael Kinney, I have known him about two years; I saw him last a little after nine o'clock last night; when I first came in I asked him how her got along, when he answered me after a little time; I presented a bill to him, when he asked me if he had not paid more on it; I told him no; two men came in one asked for something to drink and asked the other to drink which he refused; he then sat down and looked unusually gloomy; his manner was unusually depressed; I could not get a joke out of him; he had at all times a peculiar manner.

   Mrs. Ann Egan, sworn - I am the mother of the deceased.  I last saw her about eleven o'clock last night.  When I came in I saw her lying on the floor and Kinney standing by, he looked wild and frightened and would vary in his appearance; sometimes gloomy and then at other times cheerful; he was never ugly to me, but always kind to all of us; never heard deceased complain of any ill-treatment; she asked me to sleep with her, for no reason in the world but that she was lonesome; she never told me she was afraid to stay alone; at the time of the bonfire on Saturday night he was excited and worried; my daughter requested me to stay, but I thought it was not worth while.

   Francis Bassett sworn - I am a druggist, No. 103 Atlantic st., I have seen Mr. Kinney occasionally; his manners, when I have seen him have been despondent; I know Mrs. Kinney; she came to my store on Sunday night for medicine; she said that her husband was in a very nervous state and exceedingly irritable, and suffering from fear of [persons attacking him; she also mentioned that he was under the impression that the factory was being burned down; she asked me if I could give him anything to quiet him,, and I did so; I have not spoken to either of them since.

   John Sweeney sworn - I reside No. 361 Fulton street; I keep a tavern there; I saw Mr. Kinney Saturday night at about nine o'clock; he came in to my place; I asked him how he did; he asked ,me to go to the door, he wanted to see me a moment; he told me he wanted me to go to the Mayor at the City Hall and get an order to remove his fireworks; "there is going to be a large fire, and I can't take them away without assistance"; I then brought Mr. Kinney in the house and afterwards went with him to the City Hall.  He persisted in going in, when his wife the deceased came to him, and tried to get him home, but he told her to go home. When we got to Clinton st. he wanted me to go to Dr. Blagrove's, who he said knew his business and about the city being burnt up; I have been acquainted with him several years. - When I got home he talked very foolish.  Some one set fire to some hay in the middle of the street when he said there's the first of it, I told you we'd be burned up; I think he drank two glasses of brandy at that time.  I saw him on Saturday night about nine o'clock, when he appeared to be better.  I thought he had on Saturday night a touch of the delirium tremens.  The examination of witnesses lasted about six hours.

   The jury rendered a verdict that the woman, Catharine Kinney, came to her death by strangulation from the hands of her husband.  The accused in now in jail awaiting an examination.


Thursday, 27 December 1849 (2)



Brooklyn Eagle, Thursday, 21 March 1850 (2)

Trial of Dr. Webster for the murder of Dr. Parkman.


BOSTON, March 20.



A DEAD male infant was found on Saturday morning last, in the alley way of house 221 Walker street.  Verdict, died from exposure.


At 10 o'clock Saturday morning the body of a drowned man was found floating upon the surface of the East River, at the foot of 30th st.  The Coroner held an in quest, and the body was recognized as that of Peter Haggerty. - A verdict of accidental drowning was rendered by the jury.


Wednesday, 31 July 1850 (2)

Murder of Captain Brennan at Brownsville by Bill Hardy, afterwards lynched.


Tuesday, 6 August 1850 (2)



Littlefield, the janitor, has purchased a farm in Sharon, Vt., with the reward paid him for discovering the murderer of Dr. Parkman.


Tuesday, 20 August 1850 (2)





Friday, 23 August 1850 (2)


Troy, Aug. 21.


An appalling and bloody tragedy came to light this morning, at the St. Charles Hotel.  About 10 o'clock this forenoon, Mr. B. B. McDonald, the proprietor of the hotel, thinking there was something wrong in the non-appearance of a man and woman who had stopped as travellers, went up to their room and knocked at their door but receiving no answer, he opened a small window over the door, when a horrid spectacle was presented.  Both man and woman were dead.  The bodies, the clothes, and the bed were covered with blood, and the throats of both were cut and horribly mutilated.  The man and woman came to the hotel about 4 o'clock on Monday morning.  From facts which were brought out, it was found that the man's name was William A. Caldwell, a resident of Whitehall, where he has left a father living.  He was from 26 to 30 years of age, and had returned from sea about three or four months since.  He was well dressed, and of respectable appearance.  The woman's maiden name was Louisa C. Van Winkle, but it is believed she was of late known by the name of Knapp. - She was between 25 and 30 years old, and very beautiful.  She was dressed in deep mourning, and is stated to be from Brooklyn.  The Coroner of Troy being out of the city, Coroner Caswell of Lansingburgh was sent for to hold an inquest. - The jury, after hearing the facts in the case, returned the following verdicts: That the woman came to her death by the hands of William A. Caldwell, on the evening of Tuesday; and that Caldwell came to his death b y his own hands.


We learn that the Rev. Mr. Chesney, of the Baltimore Conference, was seized with a cramp on the 15th inst., while bathing in James River, near Fin castle, Va., and was drowned. ...


Brooklyn Eagle, Monday, 2 June 1851 (3)

The examination of Driscoll on the charge of murdering his wife, takes place to day, before Justice King.


The Coroner held an inquest on the body of John Lee, a native of Ireland, who died suddenly at the house corner of Hoyt and Baltic streets.  Upon examination it appeared that he died of disease of the heart; verdict accordingly.  The deceased was 64 years of age; the Blunder says he was 94.


Friday, 1 August 1851 (3)


On Monday last, we mentioned the circumstance of a small sail boat having been picked up in the Bay, near Red Hook Point, on the day previous; and which from the circumstance of the boat being in full sailing trim, we suspect must have been upset with some parties on board.  Since then the boat has been ascertained to belong to Mr. Wild at the Penny Bridge.  It had been hired in the early part of the day by four young men, one of whom left behind him his hat and coat, which have not yet been called for.  It is much feared that the whole party have been drowned.

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