Dublin. 1842. 60pp. Early 20th-century buckram, gilt spine labels. Cloth somewhat dust soiled, spine labels slightly chipped. Paper shelf label on spine, institutional ink and blind stamps, ownership inscription on titlepage. Upper corner of final leaf torn away, not affecting text, titlepage slightly chipped. Light tanning and foxing. Good plus. Item #WRCAM52917
An exceedingly scarce account of an extraordinary murder case in 1840s Dublin. Ellen Byrne, a woman of apparent amazing intemperance, lived with the corpse of her husband for a period of two to four days before the body was discovered in a state of rapidly advancing decomposition. Upon its discovery, she argued that she was not aware, presumably on account of her alcoholic stupor, that her husband had died. This explanation was so inconceivable to the authorities that Byrne was put on trial for the murder of her husband by suffocation or strangulation. Owing to the state of the body, however, no evidence that she committed the crime other than her inability to report the death could be produced, and she was found not guilty. Only one copy in OCLC, located at the National Library of Ireland.