August 09, 2012

Low Life in Birmingham

At Birmingham to-day, the Coroner's jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against John Patchett, cabinet brass worker, who on Friday night, in his house in St. Luke's Road, stabbed his wife in the neck with a pocket-knife, causing death within an hour.  Both were addicted to drink and led an unhappy life, the wife having pawned almost everything in the house.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, April, 1891)