View of the body John Williams, the suppos'd Murderer of the families of Marr & Williamson.
Engraving. Platemark: 115 x 175mm (4½ x 7").
A street scene depicting the burial procession of John Williams, the principal suspect in the Ratcliff Highway murders, two vicious attacks on two separate families that resulted in seven fatalities. The two attacks occurred within twelve days in December 1811, in homes half a mile apart near Wapping in London His body is laid on a death cart, along with the murder implements of pen maul, ripping chisel and iron crowbar. Williams was declared guilty after committing suicide in his prison cell. Following this decision, Williams' corpse was paraded through the streets of East London, past the locations of the murders, in a procession supposedly seen by 180,000 people.
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