The Times, Wednesday, Nov 17, 1841; pg. 3
FRIGHTFUL MURDERS IN BURNLEY, AND SUICIDE OT THE MURDERER.
(From a Correspondent.)
The manufacturing town of Burnley, in Lancashire, has been thrown into a state of great excitement by the commission of a double murder, followed by the self-destruction of the assassin, Robert Morris, a private in the Regiment of the 60th Rifles, quartered in that place. Morris, who is a Scotchman, also officiated as a mess-waiter, and was servant to Lieutenant O’Grady. He had formed an intimacy with a girl named Isabella Hadden, daughter of John Hadden, the mess-master of the barracks, and it was jealousy of this young woman that led to the fatal results we have to state. On Sunday evening Morris observed Isabella Hadden going with Lieutenant O’Grady in the direction of the latter’s bedroom. Providing himself with a carving-knife from the kitchen, he proceeded to the bedchamber, at the door of which he met his master and the girl. He stabbed them both with his destructive weapon, inflicting two wounds in the neck and one in the abdomen of the girl, and some dangerous abdominal wounds upon his officer. The wretched man then turned his weapon against himself, stabbing himself repeatedly in the abdomen, and in other parts of the body. Immediately afterwards he was discovered in the passage, unable to speak, and he only lived three minutes after he had been removed to his pantry. Lieutenant O’Grady, upon being wounded, rushed into the mess-room and exclaimed that Morris had murdered him. He was conveyed to bed, and medical attendance procured, but it was all in vain, the unfortunate officer living only until noon on Monday. Isabella Hadden was removed to the lodgings of her parents, and died in great agony at 1 o’clock on Monday morning. The bodies lie at the barracks, awaiting the inquest, which will be held over them by Mr. Hargreaves, one of the coroners for the northern division of Lancaster.http://briercliffesociety.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=173&am...