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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909001"/>News from the Sessions, OR, A True Relation of all the PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions in the Old bayly, Sep. 9th 1674.
<p>Where there were Twenty One persons Cast.</p>
<p>With the Number and Particular Crimes of the Persons to be Executed, and all other things there Transacted.</p>
<p>Especially the Tryal & Behaviour of Iohn Randal</p>
<p>That lately Kill'd the Woman in Houlbourn.</p>
<p>Printed for
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909002"/>THE PROCEEDINGS AT THE Sessions, &c</p>
<p>Newgate hath not for a long time been more thronged, nor a greater Goal-delivery been known, then at the Last Sessions: though for the most part the Crimes were so foul, and the proofs so pregnant, that the whole business was dispatcht in three days time.</p> </div1>
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909003"/>Amongst the Criminals,
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<interp inst="t16740909-1-victim4" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> </rs>. The Case appeared briefly upon Evidence thus; This Randal having been formerly
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t16740909-1-defend2 t16740909-1-deflabel5"/> to the Squire, took his opportunity when he and all the rest of his family were out of Town, to visit this woman, and there in the Evening Murthered her, and rifled the House, carrying several pieces of Plate away to his Lodging in White-Cross-Street. And coming two days after to a Rag-Shop, being next Door, he was taken upon Suspicion, and upon search of his Lodging, the Plate was found in his trunck, whereupon he Confessed that he Knockt the woman Down with his fist, and that he committed the Robbery, &c. Yet now at the Bar he Pleaded, Not Guilty, to both Indictments. But upon Reading his aforesaid Confession, at his Examination before the Justice ah Commited him, and the Evidence that he was the last seen go into the House that Night the Murther was Commited, and proof of the taking the stoln Plate in his Trunk as aforesaid, he was
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909004"/>The next may be rankt Two others, though of a different Sex, yet
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<interp inst="t16740909-2-off9" type="offenceSubcategory" value="infanticide"/> Horrid sin of Murther, and that upon their own Children </rs>, whose crimes being so nearly resembling each other we may place them together in this Narrative; For being both
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<p>After them we may reckon
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909005"/>But a remarkable instance of incorrigible wickedness, appeared in
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<join result="offenceVictim" targOrder="Y" targets="t16740909-6-off23 t16740909-6-victim13"/> </persName> </rs>, who being coming to Market to London with some Poultry one morning very early was set upon by four of the Foot-padd, who took away some of his Poultrey, for money
<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="16740909006"/> he had none, or very little about him, but Company coming by they were forced to run away, and thereupon the Person rob'd, and others after some time pursuing after them, they at last took one of them, which was the Prisoner now at the Bar, who being arraigned for the same, resolutely denied that he was any of them, or knew any thing of or concerning the Fact charged against him; and persisted therein for a long time with so much seeming earnestness and obstinacy, that the prosecutor began to suspect his Eyes, and think that he might be mistaken in the person, till at last the Prisoner desired that since the witness had declared he was robbed by four persons, whereof two came before his Horse, and two behind him, he would declare in which rank he then was, whither before or behind, To which he answering that he was behind: The Criminal suddenly and more loudly than wisely, cry'd out. My Lord! this is a perjur'd Villain, and you ought not to believe a Word he sayes, for by - I was at that time one of the 2 that came up before him, whereby he confest himself concerned, and was accordingly found
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<p>In brief there was in all 21 convicted of Fellony, or cast, but several got off, some by being burnt in the hand, and some by Transportation, amongst which there were two Boys that were Brothers both by nature and in wickedness, one not above eleven years old, but able in depth of all kind of Roguery, to supply the want of years.</p> </div1>
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<p>There was eight in all burnt in the Hand, six ordered for Transportation, three sentenced to be whipt, and one to the Pillory for a Cheat.</p>
<p>But for the particularities of Petty Larcetines and smaller Rogueries, it would be too tedious
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