Unsolved Murders

Herbert Nottingham Turner

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Date: 1 Nov 1908

Place: Swadlincote, Burton-on-Trent

Source: www.sclomax.co.uk

Herbert Turner was murdered whilst sleeping rough at a works.

During the struggle he had the thumb on his left hand cut off whilst warding off a blow.

He was a conjurer and better known as Mexican Joe although he was born in Pontefract.

At the coroners inquest his brother was unable to corroborate whether or not Henry Turner had ever been treated in a London hospital for swallowing a sword.

Earlier on the night he was killed Henry Turner had been to a mans house to get a place to stay but was told that it was too late for a doss house. Henry Turner had asked if he could sleep in the pipe works but was told that he couldn't because of the watchman and was directed to the works which were just under the hill where his mutilated body was later found.


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


see Derby Daily Telegraph - Thursday 17 December 1908

see Burton Mail