A tragedy which surely cannot be matched in England's Calendar of crime for atrocity and brutality has just been commited at Stanfield Hall near Wymondham Norfolk, on Tuesday Evening, 28th of November 1848, about half-past eight o'clock the family being at home and sitting in the Drawing Room, Mr. Jermy left the Drawing room, having an occasion to go to the door and soon after a report of a Pistol was heard, Mr. Jermy Jermy his son left the Drawing Room, and proceeded through a dark passage leading to the front appartments, he was met by a man dressed in a large Cloak upon him with a black and red mask on his face, the moment Mr. Jermy Jermy opened the door, the Assassin, fired a Pistol at him and shot him through the left breast, Mrs. Jermy then left the Drawing-room, when a third Pistol was fired at her and severely wounded her in the Arm, little Miss Jermy ran shrieking across the entrance hall when she was met by the lady's maid, Eliza Chestney when a Pistol was fired with a supposed intention of killing the child, unfortunately the Ladys-maid was wounded in the Thigh, the Butler hearing the report ran to their assistance when he was met by the assassin who presented a brace of Pistols at him being alarmed immediately ran into the pantry & remained there until the ruffin had taken his departure. The assassin dropping papers in the hall threatening the servants destruction, the Groom being at the stables, and upon hearing the report of a Pistol and shrieks of the sufferers waded the moat, at the back of the porch, ran to the next farm where he gave the alarm and took a horse and proceeded to Wymondham, soon after a number of the learned gentlemen repaired to the Hall where they discovered the body of Mr. Jermy lying near the door quite dead, and the remainder of the family deluged in blood, a body of police was immediately sent for from Norwich, on their arrival went to the house of J. B. Rush Auctioner and Farmer about three quarters of a mile off Stanfield Hall.
A small farm occupied by Rush, he was then taken & kept in safe custody he was then taken before the Magistrate the witnesses examined were the cook, Margaret Read the housemaid, Blanchflower, the boy Standford, at the prisoner's house the woman, Bailey, and her son, who live at the lodge-gate a person who calls herself, Jeans, and says she is a widow, living in the house at Potash Farm where Rush slept that night and was apprehended and Mr. Stanley, who picked up one of the written papers spoken of. All underwent a cross-examination of the prisoner, and, we may say, we believe the evidence corroborated in the main facts the narrative we have collected.
About half-past five o'clock the prisoner was remanded until Saturday afternoon to receive some evidence from the Norwich police force, who captured him, and for the production of articles found at the farm.
On Friday afternoon Mr. Press the Coroner held an inquest on the bodies of Isaac Jermy and Jermy Jun. Mr. Nickolds, and Mr. Tomally, Surgeons, who stated they had a post mortem examination they were convinced that the two gentlemen had been murdered by a shot or pieces of lead from a Pistol, which was the cause of death several witnesses being carefully examined and left no doubt as to the guilt of the Prisoner.
After a lengthened investigation the jury requested to adjourn until Monday, but the coroner refused and each were summoned to attend Saturday morning ten o'clock.
We are happy to be able to state that Mrs Jermy is better this morning, after the amputation of her arm. The poor servant, we are afraid, is in a most precarious state.
BROADHURST PRINTER ST BENEDICT'S