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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1827, Sunday, April 3, 1831.

[Inquest, James Green]

On Thursday an inquest was held at St. Luke's Hospital, on the body of James Green, who came by his death under the following circumstances:—It appeared that the deceased was placed with seven other men in one ward; they had separate cribs, and were under the care of two keepers, who had received orders to fasten the men by one arm and one leg at night to their cribs. On Tuesday night two of the men, named Barrett and Chapman, appearing to be very quiet, Reynolds did not fasten them to their cribs, and they were allowed free access to all parts of the ward. In the morning the deceased, who had been fastened to his crib, was found quite dead, with several wounds and bruises on his head and body, and Barrett was in his (deceased's) crib. The medical gentlemen who had examined the body were of opinion that the deceased had died by suffocation. The jury passed a severe censure on the keepers for not securing the men to their beds' at night, and returned a verdict, "That the deceased came to his death by suffocation and personal violence, inflicted on him by some person in the ward (supposed to be Barrett), but who were in such a state of mind at the time as not to be capable of knowing what they were doing."