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THE CONVICT LEFROY.

j The morbid feeling which leads people to seek out the places where a ftlurderer has lived, or which are connected with the commission of a murdfer, is strongly manifested by the public of Croydon and Wallington. Great crowds assembled at the Croydon «ilway station to see the railway carrijige in which the murder was com mltted, but the railway authorities very properly refused to allow anyone to examine it. The house of Mr Clayton, in Cathcart road, Wallington, where Lefroy lodged, is now to be let, the late unhappy occupants being driven from the neighborhood by the offensive public curiosity to which they were exposed. Before the murder was commuted Lefroy offered to write the Christmas pantomime for the Croydon i Theatre, but his proposals were declined It appears that so sangnine waji Lefroy that a verdict of acquittal wojuld be returned by the jury, that on th« morning of the summing up he wrote a note to his sister, who was staging at Maidstone, asking her to ha’te a cab in readiness for him directly after the trial was oyer, and saying he wished to leave Maidstone at once and esc ipe observation as much as possible. A :orrespondent, writing from Maidstoi ie, says he has ascertained from the Go rernor of the Gaol there that during the two hours that elapsed between his ren oval from the dock after sentence hac been passed on him and his depan ure for Lewes, Lefroy kept up his taci :urn and calm demeanor, and did not speak a word during the whole time. He appeared to those about him! to possess no feelings whatever. It is: said that the Treasury will shortly pay to the solicitor’s clerk, who was the first to inform the police of the whereabouts of Lefroy, the whole of the reward offered for information leading to the tpprehension of the Brighton murde« r; but it is understood that efforts will be made to obtain a portion of the grant for Mrs Bickers, whose daughter Clark actually gave the information which led to Lefroy’s capture. The house in Cathcart road, Wallington, whieja Lefroy shared with Mr and Mrs Clayton, has been vacated, and is now to bij! let, the inmates, no doubt, having suffered from too much curiosity.

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THE CONVICT LEFROY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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THE CONVICT LEFROY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882

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