Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 10 May 2021), January 1682, trial of Elizabeth Crosman (t16820116a-6).

Elizabeth Crosman, Killing > murder, 16th January 1682.

Elizabeth Crosman , of St. Martins in the Fields had a Bill of Indictment preferred against her for Murthering John Bret her Apprentice , the matter of Fact thus; she being at an opposite Ale house, where having taken a Cup too much, she came home and found the Young man at Play with her Son, took up a Stick to beat him, of which, after she had struck him a blow or two, he disarmed her, whereupon taking up a Carving-Tool that lay upon the Bench (her Husband, being of that Trade) she struck it into his Body, 3 inches deep, just under his Left Pap, and there left it sticking, and after that threw another at him, which cut him on the hand; saying. She had often said, she should be Hanged for him, and now her saying was come to pass; after the Youth had received the Mortal Wound, he cry'd, O Lord forgive me my Sins, for I shall Die; and with that, going down Stairs, got into a Neighbours House, where he no sooner sat him down, but expired;She alledged upon her Tryal, That he gave her several provoking Words, but not being able to prove any such thing, she was found Guilty of wilful Murther.

[Death. See summary.]