Oct 12

The Porter’s Path

Porter Jason Callaghan met his maker through some particularly enigmatic circumstances on January 14, 1847. At the break of day Mr. Callaghan’s body was found in the chapel yard of St. Patrick’s, Toxteth Park six feet below in a freshly dug grave. In his pocket were found 28 shillings and a book entitled ‘The Path to Paradise.’ Robbery it seemed, was not a motive. On closer inspection medical practitioners observed how his skull was fractured, but just how he fell into the grave was still a mystery. Above the pit sat several planks and a winch, and in order to get to the mouth of the grave Mr. Callaghan would have had to negotiate a large mound of sand several feet high. Enquiries later revealed that the deceased bore an excellent character and had lived at a house in Upper Pitt Street. He left his abode on Thursday evening to visit the chapel and was sadly never to return. A verdict of Found Dead was declared.

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