The Edwards Mystery: The further adventures of Mrs Leather

After 1879, Miss Edwards appears to have settled down with her family. In 1881, she married Isaiah Leather, a successful veterinary surgeon to become Mrs Leather. However, by the end of the 1890s, she had left him – possibly owing to his increasing alcoholism – to become a stewardess and see the world. In April 1912, she signed on to a new ship: the Titanic…

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The Edwards Mystery: The story is questioned

Miss Edwards had been found safe in London. But that was not the end of the story. As her family attempted to “draw the curtain”, the newspapers began to question the explanation that Miss Edwards had apparently given. Within a few days, press opinion had begun to turn against her family and her. Quite simply, no-one believed them.

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The Edwards Mystery: An inexplicable disappearance in broad daylight

Early in the afternoon of Wednesday 3 September 1879, an 18-year-old woman called Miss Edwards set out for the centre of Liverpool from her home in the West Derby area of Liverpool. She took the omnibus – a horse-drawn vehicle taking passengers in the same way that a modern bus does – and disembarked at London Road, a very busy street in the centre of Liverpool about a mile-and-a-half from her home. Her subsequent disappearance sent shockwaves through Liverpool and became a national sensation. In the 46 days she was missing, reports appeared in newspapers across the country speculating where she was, and what might have happened to her. The story became known as the “Edwards Mystery” or “Liverpool Mystery” and took on a life of its own.

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