John Gorden, Killing > murder, 4th June 1685.

Reference Number: t16850604-34
Offence: Killing > murder
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Gorden , of the Parish of St. Mary Savoy , indicted for murdering one William Dyson : The Evidence for the King was, that on Monday the first of June , the said Dyson came into the Savoy , late at night, and hapning to drink at a Victualling-house with one Bowen and Higgins, the Prisoner came into the said House, and being in the Room where Dyson was, on a sudden, without any words, or provocation, the Prisoner arose from where he sate, drew his Sword, and ran Dyson through the Belly, crying out, God Damn me I have done thy Business: All the words which Dyson afterwards said, were, I believe you have; and so instantly expired. All that the Prisoner could say for himself, was, That he was drunk, and knew not what he did; whereupon on they brought him in Guilty of Wilful Murder.

[Death. See summary.]


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