Episode 25

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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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

From tales of pirates and privateers to murderers, tragic accidents to war time escapades, this podcast has it all.
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