Unsolved Murders

William Farrow

Age: 61

Sex: male

Date: 28 Mar 1905

Place: High Street, Deptford

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

William Farrow was killed in a robbery.

He was the manager of a shop on the High Street in Deptford. He had been beaten about the head with a jemmy.

He was found dead at the premises although his wife was still alive but dangerously injured. William Farrow was found dead downstairs whilst his wife was in a comatose condition upstairs in a bed with a pillow saturated in blood.

They were discovered by the shop assistant who found the door locked when he arrived at his usual time on the Monday morning. He looked through the letterbox and saw an overturned chair in the parlour. Once he effected an entrance he found William Farrow lying under an overturned chair, face downwards, with his head and arms in the fender.

Two men were seen leaving the shop at about 7.15am and black stockinet masks were later found in the house. At 8.35am the door of the shop was found closed which reports indicated pointed to the involvement of a third person.

The cash box had been stolen containing the weeks takings. All money and invoices were taken with the former thought not to amount to more than £13.

William Farrow and his wife acted as the managers or caretakers of an oil and colour shop belonging to Mr Chapman who owned several other similar establishments in the south-eastern district of the metropolis. The Deptford branch was a small two storeyed building in the High Street about 100 yards from the junction with Deptford Broadway. He had been there for about 3 years but had been in the service of the owner for 25 years. He was noted as being strong and robust for a man of his age.

William Farrow was about 61 years old and his wife was a few years younger. They were known as most respectable people and to have been living on the best of terms.


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see Sheffield Independent - Tuesday 28 March 1905

see Western Gazette - Friday 31 March 1905

see Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 29 March 1905

see London Daily News - Tuesday 28 March 1905

see Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 27 March 1905

see Sheffield Independent - Tuesday 28 March 1905

see Western Times - Friday 31 March 1905