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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1862, Sunday, December 11, 1831

Murder of Mrs Walsh

On Thursday Edward Cook, and the female Ross, underwent another examination before the Hon. G. C. Norton and J. Hardwick, Esq. on the charge of "Burking" Mrs. Walsh, when the following additional evidence was given:—

Sarah Catton, a dealer in Rag-fair, stated that about three months since she purchased a shawl from the female prisoner for sixpence or eightpence, she did not know which. It had formerly been blue, was a good deal faded by washing and wearing, and had a light border of about four inches in depth. She subsequently sold it, but she did not know to whom; was positive the prisoner Ross was the person she had purchased it from, and that it was three months since.

Mrs. Saville, also a dealer in Rag-fair, deposed to the prisoner having in the first instance offered the shawl to her, but she declined to purchase it. It was the same as described by the last witness. It was rather worn about the shoulders; had two pin-holes, and a stain about as large as her hand.

Elizabeth Bosey, the grand-daughter of Mrs. Walsh, said that she made her grandmother a present of a shawl, answering precisely the description given by the two last witnesses of the shawl that had been sold by the prisoner. She saw her grandmother wear it on the Friday she went to lodge at the prisoners' house.

A female, named Colbert, said that between two and three months since the female prisoner offered her for sale an old black willow bonnet, but she did not buy it.

Eliza Dunham stated, that about three months since she purchased several stay-laces, some balls of cotton, and needles and pins, from the female prisoner, for 5½d. They were rolled up in a piece of blue paper.

A witness was called, who deposed that Mrs. Walsh was in the habit of hawking such articles, and that she also wore a black willow bonnet.

Mr. Norton asked the prisoners if they had anything to offer to the evidence that had been given, when the female commenced abusing the witnesses. She then said that the bonnet spoken of by one of the witnesses had been given to her by Anne Buton, the grand-daughter of the missing woman, and that she certainly did sell it in the lane. Money, she said, had been given to her son to induce him to make the statement he did, and which statement was as false as God was true.

Cook said he had nothing to add to what he had before stated.

The prisoners were then remanded until the 22d inst.