Walter Miles

 

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If this is the same Walter Miles who married Frances Amelia Looker on 3 July 1883, perhaps the attack described in the article prompted him to try working in Jamaica.

Article in Illustrated Police News

Article from The Illustrated Police News, Saturday, October 13, 1883, a weekly publication that thrived on sensational stories and was apparently voted the worst newspaper in England in a newspaper poll of 1886.

Coldbath-fields Prison in Clerkenwell was closed around 1885-6 and the site is now covered by the Post Office's Mount Pleasant Sorting Office. Perhaps the closure was what led to Walter moving to Jamaica.

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The trial was reported in The Morning Post of Wednesday 17 October 1883 under the heading "Central Criminal Court - Tuesday" as follows:

Account of trial

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Account of trial

Under the headline for the first article is written "subject of illustration" and sure enough the incident had been depicted on the front page of the Illustrated Police News.

Picture of the attack on Walter Miles

The whole front page is designed to catch the eye in best tabloid tradition.

 

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