1838 Mary Ann Newman Murder

From Historical Hastings

In 1838, John Pearson, a Stableman murdered Mary Newman, the details being as follows[1];

On Sunday [the 12th of November] Miss Moore, her brother, James Gray (the footman), and Henry Mitchell (the coachman who succeeded the prisoner), went in their carriage to the Baptist Chapel at Hastings, leaving at home the cook, who was a very old servant in the family, and also Jane Cannon, the housemaid, who was on the point of setting out to attend divine service at St. Leonards church, and where she went accordingly. On the return of the carriage from chapel, no one answered the door bell; and on looking through the window, Mr Moore observed that there was no fire in the room where he and his sister were to dine at two o'clock. The footman then entered the house through a window, when it was discovered that the house had been ransacked, watches, jewels and plate to the value of about £100 bad been carried off, and the cook was found insensible, and weltering in her blood from wounds apparently inflicted by a spade which was standing near, the spade being covered with blood. Some of these wounds had penetrated the skull, so that the brains protruded. Mr R. B. Cumming, was summonsed to attend to unfortunate woman, who lingered till Tuesday [the 14th], and then died.

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