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The Trials of Charles Shaw, Aged 16, For Murdering John Oldcroft...
1834. London, 1834. 15" x 10" (37.5 x 25 cms.) broadside. "All Three Received the Sentence of Death..." [Broadside]. [Executions]. [Shaw, Charles, (d.1834), Defendant]. [Smith, Mary, (d.1834), Defendant]. [Tomlinson, Richard, (d.1834), Defendant]. [Staffordshire, England]. The Trials of Charles Shaw, Aged 16, For Murdering John Oldcroft, Aged 9, Richard Tomlinson, For murdering Mary Evans, His Sweetheart, Mary Smith, For Drowning Her Infant Child. Who All Three Received Sentence of Death at the Late Staffordshire Spring Assizes, And Were Ordered for Execution Last Wednesday, March 19, 1834. [London]: G. Smeeton, Printer, 74, Tooley Street., [1834]. 15" x 10" broadside mounted to thick paper. Text in three columns enclosed by black rules, large woodcut vignette of execution scene flanked by excepts from Genesis IX, 6 and Matthew XIX, 18. Verses at the end of the accounts of Shaw, Tomlinson and Smith. Some toning and edgewear, a few small chips at corners, otherwise fine. $1,500. * Shaw and Tomlinson appeared to have murdered in fits of rage sparked by disputes over money. In both cases witnesses were called to prove insanity. Smith, who may have been suffering from post-partum depression, threw her twelve-day old baby into a canal. Nobody proposed an insanity defense for her. OCLC locates 2 copies worldwide (Harvard Law School, Library of Congress).
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