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TRAGEDY AT STOCKPORT. 0 WIFE MURDER AND SUICIDE. A terrible tragedy was enacted on Friday morning at Stockport. About two o'clock a man named Fred Burton and his wife, who lived in a court off Lower Berry-street, were heard quarrelling, but no importance was attached to this by the neighbours. Subse- quently, however, the wife should have gone to diTcovery that HBMffW On an entry being forced, a terrible spectacle was presented. The woman was lying dead on the bed in pools of blood, with her throat and face fearfully hacked. The husband lay upon the floor with his throat also cut, but he was still living, and was conveyed to the Stockport Infirmary, where he died last evening. The statement of the police says the couple were married five months ago, and about last Christmas Burton, owing to mental depres- sion, was detained for some days in the work- house. About a month after the marriage Burton again suffered from mental troubles, and for a month he was detained in the imbecile ward at the Stockport Workhouse. He was liberated in August, and went to reside with his wife again. He did no work until Monday last, when he obtained employment as a throstle differ at Messrs. M'Clure and Son's mill at Stockport. His wife found employment at the jam works of Messrs. Faulder. The last that appears to have been seen of the couple was at nine o'clock on Thursday evening, when Burton went to the jam works to meet his wife. Previous to setting out on this errand he remarked to a sister-in-law that he wished he had never got married." No notice, however, was taken of the remark. Mrs Barton had not to eo to work until about seven o'clock in the morning, and she bad been in the habit of leaving the door key with Mrs. Bailey, a sister- in-law, who also lives in Lower Berry.street. On Friday morning she failed to call with the key, and when Mr. Bailey went home to break- fast his wife informed him of the fact. Mr. Bailey went to the house of the Burtons, and found that the blinds were drawn, and that the key was in the door-lock. Thinking that Mrs. Burton had perhaps left her husband in bed, Mr. Bailey went to see if the woman was at work. When he found that nothing had been seen of her Mr. Bailey gave information to the police. Detective Howarth and another officer at once proceeded to the house, and found it as Mr. Bailey had described. A ladder was pro- cured and one of the officers looked through the bedroom window. He could see Burton and his wife lying on the bed, and the door was promptly forced. The officers went upstairs, and A HORRIBLE SIGHT presented itself. Mrs. Burton was lying on her right side on the bed, and it was soon evident that she was dead. There was a frightful wound in her throat, while the top of her head was almost battered in. One of her ears was nearly cut off, while her face and hands were badly damaged. On one of her hands there were no fewer than 10 wounds, Burton was lying on his side on the bed, and was also bleeding from a wound in the throat and in- juries to his head. Howarth found a meat chopper and a blood-stained penknife lying on the bed, and it was evident that it was with these that the terrible tragedy had been enacted. Hair from the woman's head was found both on the knife and the chopper. The woman was in her nightdress, and it is supposed that after inflicting the injuries on his wife Burton turned the same weapon upon himself. He was in his night clothes, but it is believed that he had had his trousers on, for the pocket is blood- stained. The bed upon which the couple were found was saturated with blood, and the walls and floor were bespattered with blood. It is believed that the tragedy took place about three o'clock in the morning. At that hour a greengrocer who lives close by heard screams in the house, but he took no notice, because he says he had heard screaming in the house before. It is said that Burton threatened his wife last Sunday week. The domestic tragedy was the subject of an inquiry on Monday afternoon by Mr. J. F. Price, the Manchester County Coroner, at Heaton Norris. After hearing evidence con- cerning the death of Mrs. Burton, the jury found that the woman died from injuries in- flicted by her husband, Frederick Burton, against whom a verdict of wilful murder was returned.

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