Unsolved Murders

Edith Mary Parkin

Age: 9

Sex: female

Date: 15 Jun 1922

Place: Pendewey Farm, Nanstallon, Bodmin

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Edith Parkin was found dead in her father’s plantation at Pendewey Farm, Nanstallon near Bodmin.

The father admitted that he had an asylum inmate working on his farm and that the inmate had brought Edith Parkin flowers and that it had occurred to him that the man was getting too friendly with Edith Parkin.

A relative was charged on suspicion of murdering Edith Parkin but at the Coroner's inquest the jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.

The jury also expressed their dissatisfaction with the way that the father and the aunt had given their evidence.

She was last seen as she left for school at 8.45am 15 June 1922 by the aunt. When she didn't come home for lunch between 12.30-1.00pm the aunt became worried and sent her brother to look for Edith Parkin and Edith Parkin's brother went off to the school in Nanstallon to ask after her. However, when Edith Parkin's brother spoke to the schoolmistress he was told that Edith Parkin hadn't been to school.

Edith Parkin was later found in a plantation near Pendewey. A doctor examined her where she lay at 8.45pm on 15 June 1922. He said that she had been dead for 8-14 hours. She was found lying on her stomach and the right side of her face near a tree. Her clothing was disarranged and some of her underclothing had been removed but there was no external evidence of any outrage. Her right ear was bruised and there were small abrasions in front and behind the ear. The cause of death was given as extensive fracture of the skull which was probably caused by a blunt instrument.

It was said that she had been killed where she was found else there would have been a trail of blood and that she had probably been pushed down first and then hit with a boot or a stone and that her injuries could not have been caused by a fist.


*map pointers are rough estimates based on known location details as per Place field above.


see Southern Reporter - Thursday 13 July 1922

see Cornishman - Wednesday 28 June 1922

see Western Morning News - Thursday 29 June 1922