Shocking Murder! Investigating Suspicious Death in Victorian Ripon

28 October 2021

Online talk: Thursday 28 October 7pm

In 1874, two savage murders rocked Ripon. In both cases, the formal murder investigation began with an inquest. In this talk, Sophie Michell will discuss how Victorian coroners worked, and how inquests formed the basis of a murder trial.

Sophie Michell is a postgraduate student at the Open University, studying the Victorian coroner's court in Peterborough. Her research focuses on community dynamics at inquests, and she has a special interest in infanticide.

The talk will reference three historic murder cases from the Ripon area. The first is that of the newborn Poulter baby, whose body was concealed in Grebbys Yard off Stammergate. Then two murders, both from 1874: the case of Elizabeth Jackson, murdered by her soldier brother William, and that of John Barker, who murdered his mother at Kirkby Malzeard. His case was heard at Ripon, and he was held in Ripon jail.

Please remember - some of the content of this talk is not for the faint-hearted!

Tickets cost £5 per person.

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Part of the Ripon Museums Online series of talks for Autumn 2021.

Booking note

Please note, this talk takes place online via Zoom. When booking, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the talk. We will also email all bookers a reminder with the link on the day of the session.

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