Victorian London - Crime - Violence, murders and assaults - Confession of Murder ("Teddy")

The Times, February 6th, 1875

CONFESSION OF MURDER - Last night George Wilson, aged 21, belonging to Chelsea, went to South Shields police-station and gave himself up for causing the death of a young man by knocking him over the Thames embankment. Wilson says the young man, who has his companion, went by the name of "Teddy." On the 27th of January they had a walk along the Thames embankment and afterwards sat down. Wilson, knowing "Teddy" had some money, took it from him and struck him on the side of the head. "Teddy" fell into the water and cried for help several times, but Wilson walked away and left him to drown. After committing the act, Wilson says he could not rest, and went to the Regent's Canal and got aboard a screw collier, and asked the captain for a passage to Shields, which was granted. He left London on Tuesday and arrived at South Shields on Thursday, when he left the steamer. Since then he had been wandering about and felt compelled to give himself up. The young man whose death he caused was about 18 years of age and used to frequent a publichouse known as the Crown Inn, at Chelsea, and also another called the Magpie, Chelsea. Wilson will be brought before the magistrates to-day.

Times, September, 1874