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February 11, 2008


A strange case of a cannibalistic 'Emergency Man' from the pages of the Leinster Leader, 13 October 1888.
Leinster Leader 13/10/1888 p. 7.
Cannibalism near Kildare.
            On Saturday last a special Court was held by the local Justices at Kildare-Messrs. J. E. Medlicott, S. Chaplin, M.D., and Matt. Lee-to hear a charge against one of the Emergency-men employed by Mr. Thomas Hendrick, Kerdiffstown, Naas, on the farm of Tully, Kildare, from which he evicted, under remarkably cruel and heartless circumstances, Mr. Patrick Moran. This person, who hails from Baltinglass, and who was known in connection with a serious offence committed on the Naas and Baltinglass branch of the Great Southern and Western Railway some months ago, was charged with eating a finger off his wife on the previous day. There was, evidently, no doubt of the fellow’s guilt, since he was sent to prison for two months; but it is not known whether he will be expected to do any work during his incarceration. Had this case been dealt with in the usual course, the accused would have been remanded to next Petty Sessions; but it is evident those dispensers of justice were desirous of preventing the public from getting a knowledge of the class of ruffians employed by their brother Justice. Had it been an evicted tenant, who was charged with resuming possession of his home, they would hardly hold a Special Court to deal leniently with him; and we have a shrewd suspicion that, even if the interesting cannibal above-mentioned were to be tried at the usual Petty Sessions Court, some of them would find a dirty excuse for his absence.

A strange case of a cannibalistic 'Emergency Man' from the pages of the Leinster Leader, 13 October 1888.

[compiled and edited by Mario Corrigan ; typed and edited by Breid]

Posted by mariocorrigan at February 11, 2008 10:30 PM