Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 16 Mar 1927

Place: Back Lane, Higher Blackley, Manchester

The body of an infant boy was found in a reservoir near Back Lane, Higher Blackley.

The child's body was found on 16 March 1927 and a Coroner's verdict of wilful murder against some person or person’s unknown was returned.

Sometime later the police were said to have been searching for a woman who had written a dozen letters to a Manchester man in which she charged herself with drowning a four-month-old child in the reservoir. However, the letters were not dated or signed and no address was given.

The child was nourished and clean and had been dressed in a white cotton nightgown with the bottom part cut off, a white woollen vest, a white knitted woollen coat and a woollen cap.

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

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 16 April 1927