Unsolved Murders

Constance Grant

Age: 16

Sex: female

Date: 25 Dec 1917

Place: 12 Pembroke Place, Kilburn

Constance Grant was found under the floorboards of a house in Kilburn.

Two people were charged with her manslaughter but the cause of death was so obscure that the charge of manslaughter was passed over and they were convicted of neglect and disposing of a dead body. They were tried at the Old Baily on 12 September 1919.

She was said to have been buried between under the floorboards between 18 August 1918 and 13 January 1919.

The man and woman lived together as man and wife. The woman was a widower and had had 8 children whilst the man had 4 children and whilst together they had another 5 children.

The court heard that Constance Grant was weak minded and was kept away from the other children.

Evidence stated that the man had bathed Constance Grant's broken chilblains around Christmas 1917 for about half an hour in the presence of several of the family in boiling soda water and that one of her toes had dropped off and that after that she was never seen again. She was said to have screamed throughout.

The children said that whenever they asked where Constance Grant was they were always put off by some elusive statement.

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

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 15 September 1919

see Western Times - Monday 15 September 1919

see Leeds Mercury - Wednesday 10 September 1919

see Leeds Mercury - Tuesday 05 August 1919