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#911870 - 22nd Nov 2014 10:17pm Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925
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I have found an old newspaper report in an Australian newspaper about a young woman from Rock Ferry who on the 17th August 1925 when after being caught stealing was granted bail and released, she then went to the banks of the Mersey and then proceeded to throw her 6 children one by one into the river and then jumped in after them. Three of the children survived and three passed away, I believe that it nearly caused a riot in Birkenhead as a large group of about 1000 woman tried to attack the dead womans husband at the childrens autopsy. I've found the woman's name was Elizabeth O'connell and she was born in RockFerry to a John O'connell, she married her husband a William Arthur Vaughan who was a railway man in 1913 in birkenhead his father was a william Vaughan, I was wondering if someone has access to the old newspaper archives and could find out a bit more for me, I've never heard this story before so would like to no what happened to the husband and surviving children, I hope they never ended up in the workhouse, such a tragic story.

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#911872 - 23rd Nov 2014 1:05am Re: Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925 [Re: futurepast]
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Should think that the reference library in Borough Road would be your best port of call. Good luck!

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#911876 - 23rd Nov 2014 8:37am Re: Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925 [Re: Alonso]
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It's unlikely there's any newspaper reports as a follow up on the remaining family. The newspapers tended to concentrate on the main story, the inquest and funeral. I understand she was stealing to provide food for her children, hence the angry mob blaming the husband I suspect for not providing.
I also suspect her depression and for a mother to carry out such an act, postnatal depression played its part, I think unrecognised then.

The marriage had 7 children,
Maisie, Vera, Arthur J, Elizabeth, Elsie, Nellie(Ellen), Bessie
All born between 1914-1925, Vera was born 1915 and died 1916.

The children who drowned, Births, Elsie, 1922, Nellie, 1924, Bessie, 1925.
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#911886 - 23rd Nov 2014 10:12am Re: Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925 [Re: futurepast]
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Never heard this story before and I born and bred in Rockferry. It's tragic , there has been a few cases in the News lately about parents killing own children. I don't understand it but guess they must be in a very dark place to do such a thing.

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#911918 - 23rd Nov 2014 3:39pm Re: Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925 [Re: bert1]
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Thanks Bert for your help, I wonder what happened to the father did he move away or did he stay local, I can't seem to find his death cert maybe he changed his name?

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#911924 - 23rd Nov 2014 3:54pm Re: Old newspaper story of Rock Ferry murders 1925 [Re: futurepast]
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A Possible,


Name:
William A Vaughan
Birth Date:
abt 1891
Date of Registration:
Jun 1950
Age at Death:
59
Registration district:
Wirral
Inferred County:
Cheshire
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10a
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656
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