Unsolved Murders

Caleb Carter

Age: 28

Sex: male

Date: 29 Jun 1903

Place: Chase Woods, Kenilworth

Caleb Carter was a game keeper and was shot in a wood.

He was found in a ditch having been shot in the back of the head.

However, it was not clear whether he was killed deliberately or accidently as it was determined that he was not killed by a bullet but by shots, possibly by someone shooting rabbits.

He was a gamekeeper on the Earl of Clarendons estate but had not been carrying a gun at the time.

His brother had left him around 8.20pm on the Saturday night at the corner of Hazelwood and shortly after heard the report of a gun.

The police said that there were no signs of a struggle near the spot where his body was found and that he had 10 sovereigns still in his belt and a gold watch with him that had stopped at 2.25. Neither did they find any evidence to connect anyone to the killing.

The medical evidence stated that his death was due to a gun shot in the nape of the neck at the back of the skull and ear. One shot was found in the brain and there were from 40 to 45 shot marks within the space of nine inches.

A farm labourer said he was shooting rabbits at the spot where his body was found and that he had heard shots about the time he was supposed to have been shot but saw no one.

An open verdict was returned at the inquest.

He was soon to be married.

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

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 03 July 1903

see Gloucester Citizen - Tuesday 30 June 1903

see Lincolnshire Echo - Tuesday 30 June 1903

see Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 01 July 1903

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 11 July 1903

see Penny Illustrated Paper - Saturday 11 July 1903