Unsolved Murders

Evelyn Greig

Age: 24

Sex: female

Date: 9 Apr 1929

Place: Colville Terrace, Portobello Road, Kensington

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Evelyn Greig died from an illegal operation.

She died at the home of a nurse on Colville Terrace, Portobello Road, Kensington where she had been staying since 1 April after complaining of not being well. The nurse whose home she had gone to stay in said that Evelyn Greig had come to her as a boarder and not a patient. The Coroner stated that it appeared that her illness had come about before she had gone to stay with the nurse. The nurse was a certified midwife and had been in practice since 1920.

The nurse said that Evelyn Greig had told her nothing about her condition and added that on the day she died she seemed aright and was taking her food well. She said that at 10.30 she had appeared quite normal but at 11.00 she sent for a doctor and when he arrived at 11.45 she was dead.

She had first said that she was not well in March 1929 when she was living with her lover in Redcliffe Gardens. Her lover said that she had not told him that she had had an abortion or that she had done anything to herself. The nurse said that Evelyn Greig had called her a week before she had come to live with her saying that she was ill but that at the time she was ill herself and not able to see her.

When she had first gone to Colville Terrace she had given her first payment in advance.

The post-mortem stated that she had died from syncope and heart failure due to an abortion, with septic infection and acute general peritonitis. It stated that there was no evidence of any instrumental injury to her. she also had swelling and discolouration on her right ankle and knee.

She was a young film actress. Her stage name was Nita Avalez and she had previously been known as Evelyn Taylor. She was married but living with another man at Redcliffe Gardens in South Kensington.

She was due to have appeared in the Divorce Court on 11 April 1929 but after hearing of her death her case was struck out. She and her husband had not lived together for about three years.


see Portsmouth Evening News - Saturday 13 April 1929

see Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 12 April 1929

see The Scotsman - Friday 12 April 1929

see Western Morning News - Friday 12 April 1929

see Western Daily Press - Monday 15 April 1929

see Western Morning News - Monday 15 April 1929

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 12 April 1929

see Leeds Mercury - Monday 15 April 1929