Victorian London - Crime - Violence, murders and assaults - Murder (Ellen Marney)

The Times, Thursday, Aug 29, 1872

WILFUL MURDER - Yesterday an inquest which had been adjourned from time to time, as to the cause of death in the case of Ellen Marney, aged 67, who early in the morning of the 11th inst. was found dead in a room occupied by a man named Crockling, in Cupid's-court, Golden-lane, was closed. The evidence showed beyond question that the deceased had been violated and afterwards brutally murdered. She had been seen the night before at the Golden Anchor beershop, in Golden-lane, where she drank half a pint of malt liquor, but was perfectly sober on leaving. Crockling, who was described by one of the witnesses as a collector of papers from city warehouses, and who used the room for sorting them, is not now to be found, although he was present when the attention of the police was called to the fact of the dead body lying in his room. The jury returned a verdict of "Wilful Murder" against some person or persons unknown, and desired the Coroner (Mr. Richards) to communicate with the Home Secretary with a view to a reward being offered for the capture of the person or persons by whomsoever the deed has been perpetrated.

Times, August, 1872