Unsolved Murders

Mary Bell

Age: 23

Sex: female

Date: 20 Jan 1905

Place: Kirk Street, Calton, Glasgow

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Mary Bell was killed in Kirk Street, Glasgow.

She was found in a pool of blood on the Friday morning with her face terribly battered.

A man that had left his house on Kirk Street at about three o'clock in the morning said he heard the sound of heavy breathing in the close and saw the woman unconscious with her face downwards in a pool of blood. By her side he said he saw a brick all smeared with blood as if it had been used to strike her with and her general appearance indicated that she had been savagely assaulted. The surgeon found that her nose was fractured and both eyes badly bruised.

When she was discovered her face was hidden by her shawl which had been thrown over her head.

She was admitted whilst still breathing to the infirmary but soon died.

It was later thought that she might not have been murdered but had fallen from a stairway in the locality.

It was noted that the inside court was surrounded by two storey houses built of brick and having old fashioned outside stairs and that the injuries to her face and flattened and fractured nose disproved that she had been murdered and instead indicated that it was more probable that she had fallen.


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see Whitby Gazette - Friday 20 January 1905

see Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 January 1905

see Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 18 January 1905

see Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 14 January 1905

see Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 20 January 1905

see Edinburgh Evening News - Saturday 14 January 1905

see Dundee Evening Post - Friday 13 January 1905

see Derry Journal - Monday 16 January 1905