Catherine Hayes, burnt alive for the murder of her husband
Burnt Alive for The Murder of Her Husband
We give the history of the enormous sins and dreadful sufferings of this abominable woman just as they came to our hands - altogether too shocking for a single comment.
Catherine Hayes was the daughter of a poor man of the name of Hall, who lived near Birmingham. She remained with her parents till she was about fifteen year's old, and then, having a dispute with her mother, left her home, and set out with a view of going to London. Her person being rather engaging, some officers in the army, who met with her on the road, prevailed on her to accompany them to their quarters at Great Ombersley, in Worcestershire, where she remained with them a considerable time. On being dismissed by these officers, she strolled about the country, till, arriving at the house of Mr Hayes, a farmer in Warwickshire, the farmer's wife hired her as a servant. When she had continued a short time in this service, Mr Hayes's son fell violently in love with her, and a private marriage took place.