There is also another court called at Athens the Court of Phreattae, which determines points relating to a murder
committed by one who has run away, to decide whether he shall return; though such an affair happens but seldom, and in very large cities; the seventh, to determine causes wherein strangers are concerned, and this whether they are between stranger and stranger or between a stranger and a citizen.
But this I know, that I had a mother, that five men leagued against one woman, murdered
her clandestinely by night -- silently -- like cowards.
Giles Hicks, living but a short distance from where I used to live, murdered
my wife's cousin, a young girl between fifteen and six- teen years of age, mangling her person in the most horrible manner, breaking her nose and breastbone with a stick, so that the poor girl expired in a few hours afterward.
I am beginning to form a theory of my own as to these two murders
, but it needs building up.
After supper, lighting one of his prime cigars, he seated himself in the bar-room, and went through the story of the murder
, which had grown so fast that it took him half an hour to tell.
There is here, moral, if not legal, evidence, that the murder
was committed by the Indians.
The town was bitter against he misfortunates, and for the first few days after the murder
they were in constant danger of being lynched.
How much more a murdered
that could destroy radiant innocence!
The way HE told about the murder
kind of knocked us all stupid it was so different from the old man's tale.
"Oh, I heard about that murder
before and was rather interested in it
This brought him into relation with queer characters, some of whom were not altogether scrupulous in their methods of making a living, murder
being an acceptable means to that end.
Rook had been previously known to Cecilia's father as respectable people keeping an inn in his own neighborhood; and, finally, how they had been obliged to begin life again in domestic service, because the terrible event of a murder
had given the inn a bad name, and had driven away the customers on whose encouragement their business depended.