Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: female

Date: 2 Jan 1927

Place: London Road, Southend

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The body of a newly-born child was found wrapped up in a parcel at the rear of a house on the London Road.

It was found by a woman who was going down her garden at the rear of her house wheeling a perambulator when the wheels got caught against an object lying in the gateway. She saw that it was a brown paper parcel and when she broke it open she saw the body of a dead female child.

She called for the police who found that the child's throat had been cut.

The body had been wrapped up in a piece of brown corrugated cardboard and then wrapped up in a daily newspaper dated 31 December 1926 and then wrapped up in two sheets of brown paper.

the parcel was quite dry and it was thought to have been lain where it was found only a short time beforehand.

The child had a jagged wound one and a half inches long and three-quarters of an inch in breadth on the left of her neck. There was also bruising on the child's head. The cause of death was given as shock and haemorrhage caused by external violence which was caused by a blow with some blunt instrument. It was said that death would have been practically instantaneous.