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Kate Dingy/Dungy

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Kate Dingy/Dungy

Post by Karen on Wed 13 Mar 2013 - 16:00

Her Head was Smashed.

Henley Police have no Clue to the Murderer by Active Search is Being Made.

Between five and eight o'clock on Friday evening a brutal murder was committed at a lone farmhouse in Lambridge Wood, about a mile and a half from Henley, the victim being Kate Dingy, governess and housekeeper for several years past in the family of Mr. Marsh, a fruiterer, of Fulham-road, London,
who resides at the farm part of the year. George Dawson the farm hand in charge, left Lambridge at five o'clock, when, he says, all was well. About eight o'clock two boys, who always sleep at the farmhouse, went there as usual, but failed to gain admittance, the house being locked up although lights
were burning in the rooms. The two boys waited until ten o'clock, and then returned to the home of their parents, about half a mile distant. Their parents informed Dawson, and he went to Lambridge with the boys. He found the house still locked up, and on making a search in the vicinity he found the body
of Miss Dingy in the wood near by with her head smashed in, the ears cut, and gashes on the neck. She was quite dead, and had evidently been murdered some hours previously. Just outside the door of the passage the police found a portion of a heavy cudgel, about an inch in diameter, and another part of it,
as well as an iron poker, were found near the body, where it was evident, by the state of the ground, that a prolonged struggle had taken place between the victim and her murderer. Miss Dingy was about 30 years of age. An inquest will be opened on the body of the murdered woman Dingy today (Monday). No arrests
have yet been made, and the only clue afforded to the probable identity of the murderer is the pretty evident fact that he was well acquainted with the premises, and was well known to his victim. Not a single article of value is missing from the house. Miss Dingy is the daughter of a farmer living at Goudhurst.

The Probable Motive

The special representative of the Central News saw on Saturday night the boys James and Henry Froomes, and also George Dawson, at his residence, near Assenden, when all three confirmed the foregoing particulars. Dawson said that on going to the house he found all the doors locked, with the keys inside, and all
the windows fastened, with one exception - a bay window of a sitting-room. The superintendent of police stated to the Central News reporter that the murder was evidently committed between five and eight p.m., probably about seven, as the body when found was quite cold. Robbery was not the motive for the crime, as four
or five sovereigns were found in a handbag belonging to Miss Dingy, and nothing of value had been touched in the house. The lady's pocket had been rifled, and this, it is suggested, would go to show that the murderer wanted something which Miss Dingy possessed, and after struggling to obtain it killed the lady and rifled
her pocket. The police theory is that the lady was first attacked in the passage, where she was repeatedly struck by the cudgel, there being numerous bruises on her arms. She then went to the kitchen, took the poker to defend herself, and attempted to escape by the front door. The murderer must have caught her and killed her
at the spot where the body was found. At present the police have no clue whatever to the murderer.

Miss Dungy's Relations.

Miss Kate Dungy is the daughter of a farmer and hop merchant, living at Pattinden, Gowdhurst, near Tunbridge Wells. Mr. Dungy is an old friend of Mr. Mash, and the two families have always been on exceedingly friendly terms, and no later than last week Mr. Dungy came up to town for the cattle show, and slept at Mr. Mash's house
on Thursday night. Miss Kate Dungy had been for many years in the service of Mr. and Mrs. Mash as a governess till their children were old enough to go to school and enter their father's business, and afterwards as housekeeper at the country house near Henley, which the Mash family were in the habit of visiting from Saturday to Monday,
and sometimes during the week. Miss Dungy's friends repudiate all idea of this crime being in any way connected with a love affair. They describe the poor girl in very high terms. She was of superior attainments, and, besides being well educated, she had many natural attributes. She was musical, and played and sang well. She was a brunette
of about 25 years of age, was above the medium height, had a good figure, and was considered very good looking. From what had been already stated it may be understood that she was thoroughly trusted by Mr. and Mrs. Mash. Her father and mother were only apprised of the terrible affair on Saturday, and in the afternoon proceeded to Henley.
The poor mother fainted at the railway station, and lay for some time in a state of semi-consciousness in the waiting-room.

Source: Evening Express, 11 December 1893, Page 3

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