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Jealous Man’s Revenge Wales 1911

January 27, 2017

I do enjoy reading items in  Trove reporting on events that occurred in the city of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the birthplace of my paternal ancestors.   Often they are sad, and very often they are funny. Occasionally they make me both laugh and cry, as did the item below.

from: The Sun, Kalgoorlie, WA,  Sunday 17 September, 1911, page 16

JEALOUS MAN’S REVENGE

A shocking tragedy is reported from Cuckoo Village, near Haverfordwest, in Wales. John Vaughan, a cripple, recently became jealous of his wife’s supposed relations with another man, and on (Sunday night he exploded a quantity of blasting powder beneath the bed ‘ in which his wife and her ten-year-old son were sleeping. The explosion blew the woman and  the boy to pieces and unroofed the house. Fragments of the bed were hurled into the fields a considerable distance from the house. The remains of the two victims were subsequently extracted with difficulty from among the ruins of the building.  The explosion took place at midnight, and the neighbors attributed the disturbance to an earthquake. Next morning Vaughan, whose jaws had been blown away, was discovered outside the house. He died shortly afterwards.

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