Unsolved Murders

Catherine Jackson

Age: 27

Sex: female

Date: 13 Jul 1916

Place: 4 Rumford Street, Liverpool

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

Catherine Jackson was found strangled in her bedroom at 4 Rumford Street in Liverpool.

She was a Russian Jewess born in Kovno and was unmarried.

Her brother said that she left home about six years earlier but that he had last seen her about Easter when she seemed quite cheerful. He said that he thought that she had been living with an old gentleman who supported her.

A woman who lived in Boundary Street East said that she had known Catherine Jackson for about two years and that for the last few weeks had cleaned for her. She said that she always seemed cheerful and didn't think her likely to commit suicide. She said that Catherine Jackson had a little boy in Halifax and that she was very fond of him.

A man that knew Catherine Jackson said that he had been to her house on the night of Sunday 25 June 1916, noting that she seemed very cheerful and bright. He said that as he was leaving he saw another man who he didn't know come to her house.

He said that a few days later, on 28 June 1916, at about 9pm he called on her again but got no reply even though he knocked hard. He noted that he had been there the day before but had also got no reply and so he went off and informed the police with whom he went back to the house with and they forced an entry and found Catherine Jackson lying dead on her bed.

The policeman said that she was dressed in her night clothes on top of her bed and that there was no sign of a struggle but found a chisel on the bed and said that she had a slight wound on her left cheekbone.

He said that she had an item of clothing tied round her neck.

He said that both the front and back doors were fastened, and everything seemed to be in order.

He said that judging by the things that he found on her table that he thought that she had had supper alone on the Monday night.

An unopened letter that had been posted in Bradford on 26 June 1916 was found behind the front door and the coroner at her inquest in Manchester said that it seemed to indicate that Catherine Jackson had died between the Monday night and the Tuesday morning.

After the doctor examined Catherine Jackson, he said that he could not say whether the strangulation was due to suicidal or homicidal violence. He noted that she was a strong, muscular young woman, and that the absence of any signs of a struggle pointed to suicide. He added that a man could scarcely have strangled her without leaving signs of a struggle.

When the coroner summed up, he said that there was a strong possibility that Catherine Jackson had committed suicide, but an open verdict was returned.

She was also known as Kitty Jackson.


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see Illustrated Police News - Thursday 13 July 1916

see Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 04 July 1916