The Late Mr. O'Connor, Who was murdered in Minver Place, Bermondsey August 1849.
Engraving. 152 x 114mm. 6 x 4½".
Mr Patrick O'Connor (1796-1849), was a customhouse (customs) officer in London's docks. He was a man of independent means and wealth. In was 1846 where he first encountered Mrs Maria Manning on the boat across the channel to Boulogne. His wealth immediately drew her in. She was however involved with Frederick George Manning, whom she later married after both men proposed to her. Manning, a railway guard was promised a large inheritance, which it later transpired was not going to appear. Maria kept in contact with O'Connor, and most likely had an affair with him. Maria Manning then was determined to get her hands on Mr O'Connor's money, and hatched a plan to kill him. It was the night of 9th August 1849 that she invited him over for dinner, as had already become a custom, and as he washed his hands she shot him in the head with a pistol, which did not kill him, so Frederick battered him over the head with a crowbar. Both were later caught, passed trial and executed.
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