When Thomas and William Bradbury were discovered on 3 April 1832, the scene was horrific, as were their injuries. These were described in gruesome detail at the inquest and in the newspapers. Do these descriptions give us any clues about what happened in the Bill o’Jack’s murders?Read More The Bill o’Jack’s Murders: The Scene of the Crime
Although the original assumption was that the prime motive for Bill o’Jack’s murders was theft, this is not the only possibility. Both William and Thomas Bradbury had been in disputes with other people. Thomas, in particular, seems to have been a violent and dangerous man who enjoyed causing trouble. Not only that, but Thomas may have been involved in another case that came before the Coroner during the week he was killed. The case of a local servant and her illegitimate child…Read More The Bill o’Jack’s Murders: Finding a Motive
Following the discovery of the murders of William and Thomas Bradbury, a frenzied search for suspects resulted in many men being detained on the basis of Reuben Platt’s description of “three Irishmen”. Many were suspected simply because they were Irish. By the time the inquest was held, there was one main suspect. But the case against him was not strong…Read More The Bill o’Jack’s Murders: The Hunt for Suspects
When two young men found a woman’s body hidden in an abandoned boiler in Liversedge in 1883, most of the local people thought it was a missing girl called Marion Lake. Her story made newspapers across the country, but the body was not in fact hers. The police and the inquest proved that it could not be. But in that case, who was Marion Lake, why did she disappear, and what happened to her?Read More The Liversedge Mystery: Who was Marion Lake?
On 30 September 1883, two young men stumbled on the skeleton of a young woman in an abandoned boiler at Clough Lane in Hightown, Liversedge. Who was she, and how had she got there? There would be no easy answers to what the newspapers called the “Liversedge Mystery”.Read More The Liversedge Mystery: The Body in the Boiler House