Unsolved Murders

William Edward Guest

Age: 47

Sex: male

Date: 4 Jul 1923

Place: Selly Oak, Birmingham

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

William Edward Guest was found dead in a lane in Selly Oak.

A parcel that he had had that had contained new clothing and money was missing.

William Guest was last seen by a man with whom he had left a pub with on early on the Saturday morning. The man said that William Guest fell down twice because he was so drunk and so he placed him beside the road for his own safety and went home. The man was charged with William Guest's murder but was later discharged when it was ruled that the evidence against him was insufficient.

It was noted that there was another suspect who was unidentified.

William Guest died from a fractured skull, probably caused by a blow from behind.

William Guest was a labourer.


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see Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 04 July 1923

see Gloucester Citizen - Wednesday 06 June 1923

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 06 June 1923

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 04 June 1923

see Shepton Mallet Journal - Friday 08 June 1923