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 Post subject: Death by Suffocation
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:30 pm 
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From the Burnley Advertiser Jan 1854

DEATH BY SUFFOCATION

About 7 o’clock on the morning of Thursday, the 5th inst., An old woman at Hill-end, near Hag-gate, aged 67 years, named Mary Parker, and her grand-daughter, Sarah Ellen Kippax, aged 11 years, were found dead in bed. Her son James Parker had been at her house at half past four o’clock p.m. on the day before, when his mother complained of being ill in consequence of a chimney smoking very much, which it always did when the wind blew in the same direction as on Wednesday last. The girl was in the habit of sleeping with her grandmother for company, and when last seen was alive and well. A person named John Barker went to the house at seven o’clock on Thursday Morning; he knocked several times and received no answer, and suspecting that there was something wrong, he got assistance, and broke open the door, and then found the two dead in bed. Mr Smirthwaite, Surgeon was called in, and on examining the bodies gave it as his opinion that death had been caused by suffocation of smoke.
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