Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 15 May 1938

Place: Grand Union Canal, Barrets Green Road, NW10

The body of a newly-born child was found in the Grand Union Canal near Barrets Green Road, NW10 on Sunday 15 May 1938.

The man that found it on the Sunday morning said that he had seen a brown paper parcel floating in the canal and then touched it with his foot, and said that he thought that it was rather heavy and so his companion pulled it out and when they opened it and found the child's body, they went off for the police.

A policeman said that he had gone to the canal at Barrets Green Road after his police car picked up a wireless call and said that he found the parcel to contain the dead body of a male child.

A doctor that examined the child said that he thought that the child had been dead from anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. He said that he thought that the primary cause of death had been want of attention at birth.

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see West London Observer - Friday 20 May 1938