Suicide by carbolic acid in Tonwell

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th January 1912


The death occurred on Wednesday of Mrs Minnie Hilda Morrison, aged thirty two, the wife of a ploughman living in the village. The husband, who works at Datchworth, went home about 5.30 p.m. and heard his wife upstairs screaming. He went upstairs and found her on the bed with the child. He took the baby away, and the woman then fell back and did not speak again.

The husband went for a neighbour and sent for a doctor but on his return his wife was dead. A piece of broken cork was found on the bed and underneath was a bottle containing some fluid with a piece of cork in it. The coroner was informed, and an inquest was held yesterday (Friday).

It was shown that the bottle contained carbolic acid, and the medical evidence proved that the death occurred from poisoning. The jury returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity.

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