Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 21 Jul 1933

Place: Bath Terrace, Blyth

The body of a newly-born child was found in a paper parcel by a footpath.

The body was found by a 10-year-old boy who was returning to camp in a brown paper parcel lying on the grass at the side of the footpath beside Bilton's coppersmith's shop. He took the parcel to his tent and opened it in the presence of others and found that it contained the body of a child wrapped up in a piece of satin. It had a tight ligature of calico, probably torn from a sheet, tied round its throat, strangling it.

He said that he had previously walked along the footpath but had not seen the parcel until he returned.

When a doctor examined it he said that it had been born within eight hours of it being discovered.

Police enquiries received no response with no one having seen anyone near the spot where the parcel was found for the hour before.

A verdict of murder against some person or persons unknown was returned.

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see Shields Daily News - Wednesday 02 August 1933, p1