J: B. Rush [facsimile signature]
Soft-ground etching. 243 x 186mm. Trimmed.
James Bloomfield Rush (1800-1849) murdered Isaac Jermy (his landlord), Mrs Jermy and the maid at Stanfield Hall, Norfolk, England, on 28 November 1848. Rush became known as the ‘Killer in the Fog’ and was hanged for his crime on 21 April 1849. Following the mysterious deaths of his father and mother, he soon discovered that he was not left any inheritance, and thus supposedly forged a codicil to state that the youngest child would have to turn 18 before any of them could inherit. It is clear that Rush essentially stole the inheritence of his step-father, and his wife, in order to help bail himself out from imminent bankruptcy. All the loans owed to Isaac Jermy fell due on 30 November 1848, two days after the murders took place.
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