Monday, 21 May 2012

21st May 1812: Inquest into drowning of Sgt Moore & companion in Manchester returns verdict of 'Wilful Murder', reward posted

At 12.00 p.m. on Thursday 21st May 1812, and after being adjourned 3 times in the week, the Jury at the Coroner's inquest into the deaths of Sergeant Moore and his companion in Manchester returned a verdict of 'Wilful Murder' after 3 hours deliberation. The inquest heard evidence that Moore had been threatened for the past 3 weeks prior to his death, and went to bed in the dark without lighting a candle, presumably because he feared assassination.

The Boroughreeve and Constables of Manchester offered a reward of £200 for the discovery of one or more of the perpetrators.

As reported in the Leeds Mercury & Lancaster Gazette, both of 23rd May 1812.

The reward is equivalent to  £134,000 using 2009 average earnings.

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