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Regina v. Kempshall.
Catherine Kempshall, 32, of no occupation, was indicted for the wilful murder of Edgar Holland. Prisoner had lived with the deceased as his mistress; had brought an action against him for breach of promise of marriage, which was settled out of Court, the plaintiff to receive £1,000 without costs, to give up all letters and to undertake not to molest the defendant. This agreement the plaintiff subsequently repudiated on the ground that she was not a consenting party. The action was therefore proceeded with, and judgment was given against her in July, 1895. On the result being declared the prisoner had an outburst, which is described by the reporter as one of “positive frenzy,” in which she rushed at the defendant in Court exclaiming, “You beast! pay me! pay me!” and continued to struggle until she was quite exhausted. On the same day she was brought up at the Central Criminal Court for attempting to discharge a pistol at a sister of the defendant, and acquitted. Subsequently she appealed against the result of the trial of the civil action, and her appeal was dismissed. She continued for years a course of annoyance and molestation against the deceased, against his family, and against the solicitors and others who had been concerned in defending him. She broke the windows of a solicitor's office, she assaulted solicitors' clerks, she threatened repeatedly to murder not only the deceased but his solicitors; and she declared that solicitors, counsel, and judges had been bribed by the deceased to defeat the ends of justice and to persecute her. At length she went by appointment to meet the deceased and his solicitor at the office of the former. The deceased promised to provide for her, but remonstrated with her for pretending that he had promised to marry her, upon which she retorted, “You lie, you beast!” and discharged four shots from a revolver at him, inflicting wounds which were ultimately fatal.
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