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The Saffron Hill Murder (10) — Henry Negretti

Although Gregorio Mogni had been convicted of the manslaughter of Michael Harrington, no immediate reprieve was granted to Serafino Pelizzioni.  He remained under sentence of death.  The next phase of the affair was played out wholly in the press: some … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (9) — Mogni on Trial

Gregorio Mogni came to trial at the Old Bailey before Sir John Barnard Byles (1801-1884), a judge probably better known for his expertise on commercial law.  Leading for the prosecution was a new figure, Serjeant William Ballantine (1812-1887), who later … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (8) — Gregorio Found

Following the guilty verdict, events moved rapidly.  On Monday 6th February 1865, the date of Pelizzioni’s execution was set for Wednesday 22nd — just sixteen days away.  On the 8th, J. G. Lewis, accompanied by “Mr Gatti, the looking-glass manufacturer” … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (7) — The Old Bailey

The stage was set for a full trial at the Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey — the trial that Sir Henry Brackenbury recalled so many years later.  The presiding judge was Baron Martin — the generally amiable Sir … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (6) — Fresh Witnesses

The adjourned hearing was resumed on the following Wednesday — 11th January 1865.  For reasons unexplained, Alexander Knox was now once more the presiding magistrate.  As Knox had not been present the previous week, Lewis began by repeating all he … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (5) — A Number of Italian Gentlemen

A further court appearance had been scheduled for the Wednesday following Friday’s inquest.  A fresh magistrate was in charge, the regular Clerkenwell magistrate — John Henry Barker (1806-1876) — for whom Alexander Knox from Marlborough Street had simply been covering … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (4) — The Inquest

Pelizzioni was brought before the local police court again on the Wednesday — two days after the stabbings.  This was a formality: proceedings were essentially on hold until news of Alfred Rebbeck came through.  Was the charge going to be … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (3) – Before Mr Knox

A preliminary remand hearing took place on the day following the stabbings at Clerkenwell Police Court before Alexander Andrew Knox (1818-1891), an urbane and well-connected magistrate, also known as a writer and journalist.  The prosecutor was Thomas Wakeling (1824?-1868), a … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (2) – Breaking News

London’s Saffron Hill lies on the borders of Holborn and Clerkenwell and runs northwards from Charterhouse Street – a narrow thoroughfare rising gently towards its crest before descending again towards Ray Street.  The more southerly and much the longer part … Continue reading

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The Saffron Hill Murder (1) – A Trial Recollected

“Not long afterwards I had a curious experience, and happily a rare one, in that in an English court of justice I saw an innocent man sentenced to death.  A relative of mine, who was a Middlesex magistrate, had got … Continue reading

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