Victorian London - Crime - Violence, murders and assaults - The Hackney Murder (Charles Starkie)

The Times, Wednesday, Apr 03, 1872

CHARGE OF MURDER - Last night a crime was committed at 103, Great Cumberland-street, Hackney-road, in the occupation of Thomas James, a boot and shoe manufacturer. Charles Stanley, aged about 26, had previously been staying for some days in the house, and it is believed had had some dispute about a trade strike with James. Yesterday they had angry words, and Stanley was requested to leave the house. He refused to do so, the quarrel increased in violence, and the proprietor of the premises threatened that if Stanley did not leave the premises at once he would shoot him. Stanley, who taunted him with unpleasant remark, still refused to leave, when James said, "If you don't leave at once, I will shoot you." The other man replied. "You can do what you like." Upon this James pointed a six-barrelled revolver at the face of the other. Stanley merely laughed at him, not thinking, it is imagined, that he intended to do more than frighten him. He, however, discharged one barrel, but the bullet passed his face, and consequently took no effect. He then fired another and then a third barrel, the shot from which struck Stanley in the jaw. He reeled forward two or three times, and then fell into the street on the pavement.

The Times, Thursday, Apr 18, 1872

Yesterday at the Worship-street Police-court, Frederick James, 39, a boot and shoe manufacturer. was charged on remand before Mr. Hannay with having wilfully murdered Charles Starkie, a boot last, aged 28, by shooting him through the head with a pistol.

Times, April, 1872