21st January 1809, Men working in a
field noticed something odd and dark on the snow on the
far side of the field, they approached and saw blood in
the snow, then a body.
The man had had his throat cut from ear to
ear, and also been stabbed in the side. One of the
labourers was able to identify the victim as Mr James
Crick who lived only a short distance away.
They also noticed footprints in the snow,
two sets, they followed the footprints which led them to
Mr. Cricks house.
They were too scared to enter and sent one
of the lads to the next nearest farm in Marston for
help, they waited outside.
When help arrived they went into the house
and found the body of the Housekeeper, Rebecca Read at
the top of the stairs, her throat had also been cut.
On looking around they noticed all drawers
and cupboards had been gone through.
Thee local descended on the scene
destroying possible evidence, also covering up the
chance of following footprints in the snow. The next day
it snowed again, thus removing any chance of finding the