Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 7 Jan 1922

Place: Cottingham Junction, Hull

The body of a newly-born child was found wrapped up in a brown paper parcel in a ditch at Hull on 7 January 1922.

It was found in a ditch between Springhead Road and Cottingham Junction by a platelayer.

The child had been wrapped up with brown paper and harding which was then tied up with string and white tape. The paper and harding had been bloodstained.

The doctor said that there were no marks of violence but that both lungs were inflated and that the child had had a separate existence but had only lived for a few minutes. He said that death was due to exhaustion consequent upon inattention at birth. He added that the child appeared to have been dead for about four or five days.

The parcel was found near a railway line and the Coroner asked whether it could have been thrown from a train but was told that there were no passenger trains on that line.

The southern fork of Cottingham Junction has since been removed.

An open verdict was returned.

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

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 07 January 1922

see National Library of Scotland