Saturday, September 10, 2011

Women Use Red Pepper to Torture a Little Boy to Death - 1863

FULL TEXT: A very curious and gross outrage, committed by two women on a boy, has been brought to the notice of Justice Kelley, at Jefferson Market Police Court [in New York City]. On Saturday last, Mrs. Sarah H. Snooks, residing at No. 16 ½ Downing street, appeared before Justice Quackenbush and made a statement in regard to the death of John Snooks, her son, about ten years of age, of which the following is the substance:

In the same house with her there resides a Mrs. Delia Broderick, who for some time past had been on unfriendly terms with her. On the 9th day of September last some difficulty between her boy and a son of Mrs. Broderick occurred, when, she alleges Mrs. Broderick, with another woman, seized hold of the boy Snooks, held him down, and rubbed a quantity of red pepper in his mouth, nose and eyes. The boy was immediately seized with vomiting, and grew very sick.

He was taken into the house, and lay there nine days, entirely unconscious, and delirious from the effects of the application of pepper, and finally died on the ninth day. Dr. James Purdy, of 61 Mcdougal street, attended the deceased up to the time of his death, and then gave a burial certificate, without consulting with or notifying the coroner, under whose care the case should have come. Mr. Snooks had no doubt that death was caused by the application of pepper, as the child has always been healthy up to that time.

On application of the mother the Justice issued a warrant for the arrest of Mrs. Broderick. Officer Davis, of the 2d District Court police, made the arrest, and the inhuman woman was arraigned this morning. She did not deny having used the pepper on the boy’s mouth, but said the deceased had used the same pepper on the boy’s mouth, but said the face of her own boy, and she did not think it would do the boy any harm.

Justice Kelly held her to bill in the sum of $2,000 to answer charge the charge of felonious assault. The case will be sent before the Grand Jury for their action in the matter.

[“A Horrible Crime. – Two Women Kill a Boy with Red Pepper.” Chicago Tribune (Il.), Oct. 9, 1863, p. 2]


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