Unsolved Murders

Elizabeth Houghton

Age: 28

Sex: female

Date: 23 Dec 1908

Place: Edwin Street, Widnes

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Elizabeth Houghton died from an illegal operation.

A woman was tried for her manslaughter but acquitted.

The woman was said to have given Elizabeth Houghton a pint bottle of dark fluid for which she charged 2s 3d after which she gave her another a few days later. The woman was then said to have called on Elizabeth Houghton again on 17 December 1908 at which point Elizabeth Houghton was lying in be but her condition deteriorated and on 19 December 1908 a doctor was called for. However, Elizabeth Houghton died in great agony on 23 December 1908.


see Sheffield Evening Telegraph - Thursday 21 January 1909

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 06 January 1909

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 30 April 1909

see National Archives - ASSI 52/155