Unsolved Murders

Mrs Murray

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Date: 16 Dec 1905

Place: 34 Greenfield Street, Govan

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Mrs Murray was killed in her home.

Her son was tried for her murder but the case was found not proven.

She had been knocked down in her own house, beaten and then suffocated by a handkerchief that was forced down her mouth. Her nose had also been twisted and compressed.

The post-mortem stated that her death was due to violence.

When her son was arrested he said 'Me murder my mother? Oh no, no.'. Blood was found on his knees and it was said that it had not come from a wound on his leg.

Her son's sweetheart said that Mrs Murray was against their marriage. She said that Mrs Murray's son arrived at his father's house in Blochairn a little before 5pm and that he stayed until about 11pm on 16 December and that they arranged to put in the 'cries' for the marriage on 2 January. She said that Mrs Murray's son seemed to be very happy and did not appear to be suffering from any mental worry.

Mrs Murray's son said that his mother had gone to the factor's at 1pm.

At the trial, a girl said that she had met Mrs Murray at a bout 5pm and had helped her home with her messages saying that she complained of a pain in her side.

The doctor said that the theory of self-suffocation was not tenable because her tongue was jammed back.


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see Northern Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 28 February 1906

see Eastern Daily Press - Wednesday 28 February 1906

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 28 February 1906

see Belfast News-Letter - Wednesday 28 February 1906