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The BackTracker History Show - The Backtracker EPISODE 25, 28th June 2021
The Devizes Petticoat Murder
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The Devizes Petticoat Murder

Benjamin Purnell, 51, formerly soldier in the Wiltshire Regiment, was charged with the wilful murder of his wife, Emily Purnell, in Devizes, on the 9th November 1889. What was the final straw in their turbulent marriage? Was it another woman, money or something else? Find out in this thrilling new tale from the past.

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SOURCES

Ancestry

Find-A-Grave

South Wiltshire Coroner's Inquests 1868-1920

Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.

Bristol Mercury - Tuesday 12 November 1889

Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 21 November 1889

Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 28 November 1889

Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 12 December 1889

Bristol Mercury - Tuesday 10 December 1889


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