Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 29 Aug 1914

Place: Hardy Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The body of a newly born male child was found in the back garden of a house in Hardy Lane.

The owner of the house into which the child was thrown actually saw the paper parcel that it was wrapped up in get thrown over the wall. However, she didn't see who did it due to the height of the wall.

She said she did suspect the contents of the parcel when it was thrown over the wall on the Sunday 29 August 1914 but didn't examine until she was cleaning up the garden on the Wednesday, 2 September 1914. And even then, when she was cleaning up the yard she had forgotten all about the parcel being thrown over the wall and when she found it she examined it to find it contained the dead body of a fully developed baby.

The medical evidence showed that the child had died from strangulation with a cord that had been tied tightly around its neck.

The coroner said that the baby's life had been ''deliberately cut short by some fiend'.

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

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 04 September 1914

see Manchester Evening News - Thursday 03 September 1914