Kōrero: Violent crime

Grisly souvenirs (3 o 3)

Grisly souvenirs

Minnie Dean’s four-day trial at the Supreme Court in Invercargill in June 1895 attracted much public attention. She was charged with killing one-year-old Dorothy Edith Carter and bringing her body back to her home, The Larches, in a hatbox. Police found three children's bodies buried in Dean's garden after witnesses reported the disappearance of Dorothy and of one-month-old Eva Hornsby. Both babies had been put in Dean's care. These little hatboxes, complete with tiny babies, were said to have been sold as souvenirs by hawkers outside the court during the trial.

Image courtesy of Lynley Hood.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Lynley Hood, Minnie Dean: her life and crimes. Auckland: Penguin Books, 1994

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Controversial murder trials, 1840–1939', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/26493/grisly-souvenirs (accessed 24 June 2021)

He kōrero nā Greg Newbold, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Mar 2019