1895 is an unfortunate year in terms of inquest reporting, as some seem to be reduced to a bare mini-paragraph, with little of the extraneous details of later reporting. There are still some cases of interest though.
Every crime could have deep repercussions, as witness the case of Daniel Bradley. I was unable to locate the result of the inquest on George Noyce, and we are left with probably either an accident or a suicide. There was no such question-mark hanging in the case of Frank Bedford, whose self-inflicted death was most shocking.
Murder most violent was definitely the case with Mark Butler at Potterne, but could enough evidence be brought against the son James? Two cases – William Nicholas and George Paddick – are the result of lack of care in crossing over a stile.
The Herbert Blandford case again points up the dangers of poorly protected wells, and the case of Nellie Smith raises serious questions about how dangerous liquids are stored in a children’s ward of Salisbury Infirmary.
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