Unsolved Murders

Albert Eldridge

Age: 19

Sex: male

Date: 30 Dec 1930

Place: Wandsworth

Albert Eldridge was found dead in a garage where he worked.

He was a painter's labourer.

The post-mortem revealed that he had been in good health but had a bruise on his chin that might have set up haemorrhage of the brain. He had a haemorrhage at the base of the brain, but not in the substance of the brain. He said that it might have been caused from natural causes or from violence but that he was unable to distinguish which. He added that the youngest case in which he had seen a natural haemorrhage of the brain was in a six month old child.

The Coroner asked the pathologist if it were possible that a sudden attack of haemorrhage might cause Albert Eldridge to fall. The pathologist replied that a sudden attack of haemorrhage would facilitate a fall. He also added that there was nothing to have prevented Albert Eldridge from receiving a blow if his hands were in his pockets but said that he would not ascribe the injury found on Albert Eldridge to a heavy blow.

The Coroner said that the question was whether Albert Eldridge had had an accident or whether he had received a blow that had caused him to fall. He noted that when Albert Eldridge was found his hands were in his pockets.

A detective sergeant from Scotland Yard said that he agreed that there was a remote possibility that Albert Eldridge had been attacked.

The Coroner said that there was not sufficient evidence to show how Albert Eldridge had come by his injury and recorded a verdict of 'Death from haemorrhage of the base of the brain'.

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see Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 30 December 1930