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these Circumstance* concurring to prove he had been buttiiereH, they were ail three deservedly condemned »nd executed, she being burnt, and they hanged; Bill'igs and Wood consessing their Wickedness, ':nd declaring the several shocking Particulars relating to this black Scene, which shewed she was a molt hardened Monster, and guilty nor only of Murder, but Adulrery, and Incest. 1; ' '. » i''
The next Instance we shall produce of the fatal Consequences attendant updh the Commission of Mo'rder, and the Improbability of escaping Punishment, however secret Persons may be in perpetrating so nefarious a Deed, or however artsul in their Desence if apprehended, shall be that of the notorious Sarab Macolm. This hardened Offender was one of the Laundresses belonging to the Temple, and used likewise, upon Occasion, to chair for such as wanted. Accordingly it unfortunately happened, by this Means, she became acquainted with the Circumstances of Mrs. Duncomb, an old Widow Gentlewoman, who lived in Chambers up sour Pair of Stairs, together with an ancient Woman, formerly her Servant, but then superannu• ated, and a your>g Maiden of seventeen who did her Work.' . .' .:
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This Sarah Malcolm then, by being frequently there, having observed, and knowing the old Gentlewoman was very well to pass, imagined it would bei'no dissicult Matter to make herself Mistress of aSI her Effects by the Murder of these three unhappy Persons. The old Gentlewoman, who was about fourscore, was Bedridden, her ancient Servant who was sixty, in a Manner helpless, and the young Maiden, who was not so robust as her self, not capable of making much Resistance, especially if set upon unawares. Accordingly this wretched Instrument of Satan, without any Remorse, resolves upon perpetrating these three horrid ''' MurMurders, which she effected but two easily : ,Thjs done, after having ranfacked the Chambers,, and taken thence what she thought proper, to prevent all Suspicion she shut the Door, which went with a Spring-Lock after her, and contrived also by the Help of a String, to bolt it within Side.
She now fancied herself secure from Detection, but was mightily deceived; the Divine Vengeance pursuing her, and infatuating her so far, that tho' she had a sussicient Time, (no less than twentyfour Hours) to have conveyed every thing away that might have conduced to her Discovery, she had not the Power; nay, even aster being questioned concerning these Murders by one of her Masters, and two Watchmen being ordered to take Care of her, though they were so weak a,s tp let her go, and take her Word for her coming again next Day, she was not able to stir any farther than the Temple Gate, but remained there as if chained, (as indeed flie was by the Hand of Providence) till such Things of Mrs. Duncimb's were found concealed by her in her Master's Chambers, as made it amount almost to a Demonstration that she was guilty; Hereupon she was secured, and being carried besore Sir Richard Brocas. was by him committed to Newgate; not long aster which she was tried, condemned, and deservedly executed in the middle of Fketstieett opposite to Mitre Court.
And so hardened was this Criminal in her Wickedness, that she persisted to the lass, in denying herself to be guilty of the Murders, which she would fain have faddled upon three innocent Persons, who, by all Circumstances appeared to be innocent, and were accordingly acquitted: But she acknowledged she was accefl;ry to the Robbery because a Tankard, and Mor.ey of tlie old Gentlewoman's, being found upon her, were sussicient Proofs thereof, and would have rendered her do
: ing otherwise of no Service. As she thus intended theresore to have taken away the Lives of thofe three guiltless Persons, and would have added Murder to Murder, for aught that has yet been found (o the contrary, and died with a Lie in her Mouth, it is much to be seared, she launched unprepared into Eternity.
Almost of the fame obdurate Stamp was Elton Lrwis, a Man who had been bred to the Sea, but afterwards followed the Trade of selling Milk, wherein, had he not given too much Way to his vicious Inclinations, he might have lived very comfortably. This unfortunate Person, together with his Wise, and a Girl about ten Years of Age, their Apprentice, lodged in the House with an ancient Woman their Relation, who let out Money to Use, and from whom they had once some Expectations; but Lewis, who was of a surly Dispofition, and somewhat extravagant, having by some Means disobliged his ancient Kinswoman, she made her Will, and lest every thing away from him
This of itself provoked him greatly, but what exasperated him yet more, was that she had demanded back a Watch she had let him have for some Time in his Pocket, and dunned him for some Money he had borrowed of her, but without any Intention of restoring or repaying either, not imagining she would insist thereon. All these Things working together upon a Man of his morofe Temper, he at last sufsered his Malice so far to get the better of all Sentiments of Humanity and Religion, that he resolved to be revenged of her, by depriving her of Lise, as he did accordingly, in the Manner following.
One Monday Evening when the House was clear, nobody being therein but himself, having provided himself a Hatchet, he waited within the
Entry, Entry, for her coming in, well knowing she would not fail to be at home besore it was quite Night; and as soon as she had stept within Doors, and palfed by him, it being dusk, he struck her on the Head with the Hatchet with all his Force: Thii not doing her Business so effectually but that slie shrieked out, he twisted some small Cords about her Neck to prevent her crying out a second Time, and then with reiterated Blows quite dispatched her. After aU this Barbarity acted in cold Blood, so little was he troubled with Remorse, that he went to the next Door to light a Candle, wiped up the Blood with one of her old quilted Petricoats,and dragging the Corpse into his Room, concealed it there under his Bed, and without taking any Notice of what he had done till next Morning to his Wise, who was then big with Child, went to sleep therein very unconcerned. He now thought himself secure from any Discovery, his Intent being to have crammed the mangled Body into a Hamper, and se to have carried it a pretty Way out of Town, and there lest it in some Ditch, or amongst some Bushes: Accordingly, he had hired a Chaise for that Purpofe the next Day, on Pretence of having some Hams to make a Present of to his Friends in the Country, and was to have set out very early that Night, or the Morning following, with his hopesul Luggage.
But how much in vain does Man appoint, when Heaven has determined to difappoint! That very Night is he taken so ill, that he is forced to be let Blood ; whereupon, not believing he should be in a Condition to pursue his 'intended Journey, and being apprehensive the Corpse, should it remain any longer under the Bed, might by some Means or other be discovered, he resolves to dispose of it forthwith in another Manner. Accordingly, he prevaili on the Watchman, by giving him a. Shilling for his Trouble, to setch him a Pint of Wine from a particular Tavern at some Distance ; and while tbe Coast was clear, lugs the dead Carcase to the Ditch at Hockley in tbe Holey "which was about two Hundred Yards from his Lodging, and there throws it in.
He could not do this however so cleverly, but that he suffered the mangled Head to hit against a Post near his House, so that some of the Brains stuck thereon, and not only so, but the Blood was plainly to be traced back to his very Door, which the Darkness had prevented his observing: It was no Wonder therefore, that next Morntrg when the Body was found, and Multitudes gathered about ir, some Person more intelligent than the rest should perceive this, and mistrust that the Murder had been committed there; and that on declaring his Suspicion, the Neighbours should recollect Mrs. Robinson had been miffing a Day or two, nor yet that notwithstanding the Head's being mangled.it should be known to be her's, and that thereupon the Man with his Wise and Girl should be secured.
But notwithstanding all this, and even though the Marks of Blood remained in the House, nothing but Circumstances appearing against him, he might still have escaped, had not the Divine Justice pursued him. For the Girl, being examined, declared (what was really true) she knew nothing of the Matter, neither had heard any Bustic in the House, which was credited the more easily, because he had always been a cruel Master to her, stripping her naked, and almost flaying her upon very flight Provocations. Neither had the t.ext-door Neighbours, oneofwhich was a Baker, and up greatest Part of the Night, been alarmed with aiy Noise; and as for the Marks of Blood, as he had a Vein opened, it wa* not at aH strange some Signs thereof