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Malcolm, Sarahlocked

(c. 1710–1733)
  • Ian Donnachie

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Malcolm, Sarah (c. 1710–1733), murderer, was born in Durham but the family moved to Dublin. On the death of her mother, Malcolm migrated to London, becoming a domestic servant at the Temple. One of her employers was an elderly widow, Lydia Duncomb, who lived with another old woman and their maid. On 5 February 1733 the papers reported a grisly murder of the three women, found in their beds with their throats cut from ear to ear. Four servants were arrested and ...

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