Auction Date: 6/07/2017 at 10:30 am
Poster - 1852 “Dreadful Murder At Sawley”, (near Derby) Extensively detailing this event on the eve of going to press. Black letter press printing by T. & W. Plant, Printers, 32, Care Street, Nottingham. Size 5” x 14¾” (Daniel Freeman was later tried at the Derby Assizes, for the murder of Mrs. Walters, at Sawley. It was proved that he entered the woman's house in her absence; when she returned he butchered her, put the body in the yard, and covered it. He resisted arrest. It was evident at the trial that he is not possessed of the usual faculties; and it appeared that he had been confined in a workhouse for some time, but after- wards allowed to go free. The Jury found him guilty, but recommended him to mercy on account of his weak intellect. The Judge, in passing sentence of death upon the prisoner, intimated that it would not be carried into effect, but that he would be kept in durance and that he would be prevented from doing harm in future. The Judge also censured the parish- officers for allowing a person of weak mind like the prisoner to go about: if it arose from a feeling of wishing to save a few miserable pounds, shillings, and pence, they were responsible in the sight of God for the acts the prisoner had committed).