Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: female

Date: 29 Jan 1924

Place: Whitehaven

The charred body of a newly-born female child was found in Whitehaven at the end of January 1924.

The inquest heard that the body, which was wrapped in a woman's undergarment and a newspaper, was severely burned, and that and arm and a leg were burned off. 

The police said that although exhaustive inquiries had been made, they hadn't been able to trace any person in connection with the affair.

The doctor that carried out the post-mortem examination was unable to state definitely that the child had been born alive, but expressed the opinion that there was a strong possibility that it had had a separate existence.

The jury at the inquest said that they were of the opinion that the child had been born alive and returned a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.

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see Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 12 February 1924