Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mary Compton, English Serial Killer - 1693

FULL TEXT (archaic spelling retained): Mary Compton, Condemned for murthering 4 Children put out to her to nurse, which she wilfully starv’d, that she might take more in their room. I visited her, when she first was committed to Newgate; I spent a considerable time with her, after the publick duties of the Sabbath were ended, she then being sick in her Bed. I counsell’d her to call to mind the evil course of her Life. She reply’d, that she had been a great Sinner, but would not confess any particular sin, and denied the starving of any Child. She came not to the Chappel, till convicted of murthering four Children. I endeavoured to make her sensible of that horrid and barbarous crime, but she still denied it, saying only, that she had been a great sinner, and many ways had provokt God, and that he had justly laid her under his heavy wrath. She yet remained secure that she should neither be condemned, nor dye for the said murtherous practices. Being askt before her execution, in what condition her soul stood before God, she still was insensible of her crimes, proved evidently against her. She said, that her peace was made with God, which words she utter’d in a most trembling manner, to the amazement of those who heard her presume of Gods mercy upon so slight grounds.

[Samuel Smith, A True ACCOUNT of the BEHAVIOUR, CONFESSION, AND Last Dying SPEECHES Of the Criminals that were Executed at TYBURN, On Monday the 23d of October, 1693, p. 2]

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