Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jane Walker, 10-Year-Old Murderess – South Carolina, 1886


FULL TEXT: The Aiken Journal and Review of the 27th instant: Jane Walker, a little colored girl, about ten years of age, was committed to the County Jail last week by Trial Justice E. A. Eubanks, of Millbrook Township [S. C.], on a charge of murder. From what we can gather it seems that Jane was required by her parents to mind the child of a near relative, and becoming tired of her charge administered concentrated lye to it, which caused its death. Jane upon being arrested denied the charge, but admitted that her mother had often warned her that concentrated lye would kill anyone who swallowed it.

[“A Ten-Year-Old Murderess.” The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S. C.), Jun. 3, 1886, p. 1]

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