Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 22 Jun 1901

Place: GER Railway, Haughley

The body of a newly born male child was found on the GER Railway between Haughley and Finningham Stations.

The child had been found alive at about 7.30pm on 23 May by a platelayer who took it home but it later died at 9pm.

There were two fresh incised wounds on the scalp that might have been caused by either a blunt instrument or a sharp one.

The bones inside its head were so knocked about that head injuries were given as the cause of death.

The court heard that the child had been born on the train and thrown out of the window between Haughley and Finningham Stations. The train had come from Ipswich.

A signalman said that on 23 May he was walking home when he saw a woman's petticoat lying on the up line.  He looked at it and found that it was saturated with blood and gave it to the police. It was found about a third of a mile from Finningham Station on the Haughley side and about two miles from where the body was found. It was pink and on the upper band were the initials 'MS' in black ink. There was also in red cotton on the same band the letters AZZ or A22.

A man said he had seen two ladies in a converted third class carriage behind the restaurant car, one lying down and the other bending over her. A guard later saw two women and said that one got off at Forncett and the other continued the journey on the Wells Line to Dereham.

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

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see The Ipswich Journal - Saturday 22 June 1901