Date: 15 Apr 1905
Thomas Smith was found dead in a cellar.
He had been gagged and mutilated.
A sand hawker found his body in the cellar on Hoyle Street.
The doctor said that he was found lying on his back with a brick in his neck and a gag in his mouth. His clothes were torn and disarranged as though violence had been used and there were obvious injuries to his head, the scalp having been beaten to a pulp.
The post mortem showed that his skull was badly fractured and his body was covered with bruises. The nail from his middle finger on his left hand was torn off and his hand and arm were scratched indicating a very severe struggle.
He said that his appearance pointed to him having been outraged but he could not speak with certainty.
He said he did not think that the wounds could have been caused by the brick and said that they were what he would have expected if a life preserver or a stick with a thick knob had been used.
He also said that he didn't think that he had been murdered in the cellar in Hoyle Street but somewhere else and had been dumped there.
The police said that the cellar doors, both front and back were locked and that a man might possibly been able to get in and out through the window.
He had lived on Wood Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock
His mother said that she knew of no reason why he might leave home. She said that he was a very timid lad and would not go to bed alone. She said that on the Tuesday he had gone out and didn't return.
The following day two boys came to see her to know if he was going to work and she wrote to his employers to say that he was not well as she didn't want him to lose his place. She said that she thought he would have been coaxed away but didn't know who would do it.
see Sussex Agricultural Express - Saturday 15 April 1905
see Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 12 April 1905
see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 06 May 1905