Unsolved Murders

Minnie Evelyn Walker

Age: 28

Sex: female

Date: 11 Apr 1903

Place: Abbey Park Road Bridge, Churchgate, Leicester

Minnie Evelyn Walker was found floating in a canal near Abbey Park Road Bridge, Churchgate, Leicester

Her mother said that she last saw her daughter she was wearing 4 valuable rings, 3 of which were missing when she was found.

A silver belt, pearl necklace and her purse and money were also missing and her clothes were badly torn.

She had been out to the theatre and was drowned on her way home.

She was last seen by some friends in Leicester when she left them saying that she was taking a tram to her home at the Windmill Hotel in Churchgate.

She had been seen in the Royal Oak Inn on the Saturday night with three other girls. She was later seen by a compositor being helped along by two men on the Saturday night and appeared to be in a very helpless state. Another woman said that she had seen Minnie Walker standing up in a shop doorway with her arm round the neck of one of the men as if she was hanging on for support and thought that she was badly drunk.

She was also seen by a constable along Belgrave Gate with two men and he thought that she seemed very drunk but thought that the men were taking her home.

A 16 year old youth said he saw Minnie Walker and the two men in an entry where they stayed for 10 minutes and afterwards saw her stand with her back to a wall with the men in front of her for 10-15 minutes. He said that they then went away dragging the woman as before and went down to the towing path of the canal. The youth said he looked over the bridge and one of the men said to him 'If you don't go back I'll throw you over the bridge'. He said he returned later to look but saw and heard nothing more of Minnie Walker or the men but added that it was a dark night.

A woman's umbrella with a portion of the metalwork bent was found on the canal bank. Although it didn't belong to Minnie Walker it was thought that it might help solve the mystery.

During their investigations the police appealed for a witness, a boy, to come forward who had been seen by two men carrying a woman from the Abbey Park Road Bridge to the towpath. One of the men said he had resented the boy's presence and had knocked him down.

Her death was said to have been from suffocation due to drowning.

She was a cigar maker.

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see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Lincolnshire Echo - Saturday 11 April 1903

see Portsmouth Evening News - Saturday 11 April 1903

see Dundee Evening Post - Wednesday 15 April 1903

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 11 April 1903