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A Ferocious Lover

■ -♦ . Frederick James Muspratt, 24, wag charged at Brighton Police Court recently with Beading to Ethe) Guest, of 12, Walpole Terrace, Brighton, a letter threatening to kill her. Mr Marshall Hall, who appeared for the prosecution, aaid the case was one of tbe moat painful of its kiud that had Iven brought before a conrt of justice. The prisoner, who was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and was studying for the Church, was in a good position. He had been engaged to Miss Guest for some time, and then it was alleged that letters were sent by him to Miss Quest of such a character that be' mother felt compelled to make her daughter break off theengagement. The letters showed that the prisoner had allowed bis passion to overcome his sincere affections, and all hid connnnnicationß except one, which was burnt after being received, wero returned to the accused, together with the presents which he had made to M'ss Gnest. The prieonerhad followed Miss Guest's friends about from place to place, and eventually the letter complained of was received. The learned counsel added that the prisoner purchased a large army revolver, bought a book of Shakespere's plays, and ■ent a ballet through the pages of 'Othello,' and then forwarded the book to Miss Guest. The pages of the volume were also streaked with blood. It was farther alleged that he wrote letters apparently in blood to Miss Guest and another friend, but by mistake put them in wrong envelopes. As a consequence of this treatment Miss Guest went in fear of her iif c. Mrs Guest, the mother of the complainant, stated that she was a widow, and that Mies Guest was her youngest daughter, her age being 17 years. About 15 months ago the prisoner became engaged to her daughter, but it was broken off in February Ja§t. Sioce then she had received a number of letters, in one of which prisoner stated that he could not live and could not die without Ethel. He also wrote to Mica Amy, another daughter, asking hor to plead bis cause, and stating that he did not wish to bring shame or disgrace on two families by doing that which could not be undone. In cross-examination Mrs Guest said the engagement was broken off because Bhe was disgusted with the violent temper the prisoner had exhibited at her house. The Rev. Alfred Hamilton Waller, curate of Tonbridge, stated that he had been at Qaeen's College with prisoner. He received a telegram from the accused atking him to do all he could, as he was Utterly desperate. He afterwards saw Mospratt at Brighton. The latter toH him ha had planned to carry off Miss Gu^et, and had arranged all the details, but bad failed to carry it out, as one of the taen who had promised to help him was afraid of penal servitude. Prisoner gave him Rome details of his plan, and produced a pair of handcuffs and a dagger. He said he had intended to use the dagger on himself if he failed. He was going to settle a large sum of money on Mies Guest, and if this failed witness understood the prisonerwould shoot himself and Miss Guest. He said he would take a 'first-class ticket to eternity,' and if he could not h.-ive Miss Gaest alivo ho would have her dead. Witness told him be thought a little penal servitude would do him good. Evidence was given as to prisoner hay ing purchased a revolver. A number of witnesses were called, iscludinga brother of Miss Guest, a chemist at Brtntwood, Essex, who deposed to prisoner calling on him and asking him to use his influence to have the engagement renewed. Another brother, an assistant army tutor, residing at Slough, had an interview et Brighton with the accused, who was greaiiy excited, and produced a dagger it m his pocket. He afterwards took out a revolver. The prisoner was committed for trial.

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A Ferocious Lover, Southland Times, Issue 11817, 18 August 1891

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A Ferocious Lover Southland Times, Issue 11817, 18 August 1891

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