|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1826|
Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1846, England|
PC George Clark of the K Division, Metropolitan Police Force was slain on 29th June 1846. He was born at Battlesden, Bedfordshire.20 year-old PC George Clark went on duty at 9pm on Monday, 29 June 1846. He patrolled alone and on foot along a lonely country beat in the Eastbrookend area of Dagenham. At some time during the night he was brutally murdered and mutilated by a gang of attackers using a variety of weapons. His killers were never brought to justice, and there continues to be much speculation about them over 160 years later. At first it was assumed to be a case of mistaken identity. Clark had only been in Dagenham for six weeks, having been transferred from Arbour Square station in Stepney. However, his police colleagues were proved to have lied at the inquest into his death, and so became prime suspects. The sergeant, William Parsons, had gone off duty on 29 June at midnight, six hours earlier than normal. He persisted in denying this, saying he had met Clark as usual at 1am. He persuaded his constables to back him up and lie under oath. Their behaviour caused a national scandal which almost brought down the Metropolitan Police itself.In 1858, twelve years after Clark's death, a Mrs Mary Ann Smith came forward to say that four men, including her former husband, William Page, had killed Clark after he caught them stealing sacks of corn from a barn close to his beat. Two of the suspects were now dead and another living in Australia. The only one brought to trial was a local man named George Blewitt, but the evidence was uncorroborated and he walked free. (bio from
a book about the case, The Dagenham Murder by Linda Rhodes, Lee Shelden & Kathryn Abnett, which won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 2006.-used with permission of the author)
Additional bio by 'buttershap'
PC George Clark disappeared on the night of June 29, 1846. 4 days later his mutilated body was found in a cornfield in Rush Green. To this day his murder remains unsolved and shrouded in mystery.
George Clark was 20-years-old and came from Battlesden in Bedfordshire. He was about to get married and had only been in Dagenham 6 weeks, having previously been stationed at Stepney. Working alone, PC Clark patrolled the Wantz and Eastbrookend areas on foot from 9pm until 6am each night.
Despite nobody ever being convicted for the murder, there were no shortage of theories and 2 of PC Clark's fellow officers were convicted for perjury after lying at the inquest into his death.
Some people believed PC Clark had interrupted a gang of thieves or smugglers, while others said he was overly-friendly with his sergeant's wife.
St Peter and St Paul Churchyard
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Greater London, England
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Record added: Jun 20, 2009
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