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The Newgate Calendar - ELIZABETH MARSH


A Fifteen-year-old Girl, executed for the Murder of her Grandfather, March, 1794

AT Dorchester Assizes, March, 1794, Elizabeth Marsh, a girl only fifteen years of age, was convicted of the murder of her grandfather, John Nevil, at Modern, was condemned, and ordered to be executed forty-eight hours after.

This girl lived with her grandfather, and, with the most deliberate malice, deprived the old man (who was seventy years of age) of his life, by giving him two dreadful blows on the head while he was asleep. This unhappy wretch was bred in such extreme ignorance that she declared she had been wholly unacquainted with the difference between good and evil, heaven and hell. She was executed according to her sentence.


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