Unsolved Murders

Violet Skuse

Age: unknown

Sex: female

Date: 12 Jun 1936

Place: Rutland Street, Cardiff

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Violet Skuse was thought to have died from an illegal operation.

A woman was tried for her murder but acquitted.

At the trial it was heard that the jury need only concern themselves with a charge of manslaughter, but the defence said that there was no evidence whatsoever that an illegal operation had taken place. The judge agreed with the defence that there was no evidence that an illegal operation had taken place and directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict and the woman was discharged.

The medical evidence showed that Violet Skuse had died from peritonitis.

She had died after admission to Llandough Hospital.

At the police court on 26 June 1936 over 150 women had struggled for admission to the court to hear the proceedings.


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


see Gloucestershire Echo - Saturday 25 July 1936

see Dundee Courier - Saturday 25 July 1936

see Western Morning News - Friday 26 June 1936

see Western Daily Press - Saturday 25 July 1936

see Hull Daily Mail - Friday 26 June 1936