The Last Days of William Henry Emeris Burke

On this day 130 years ago, solicitor of Barnsley, Yorkshire received an intimation that his client Dr. Burke, was to be released from prison. Dr. Burke, Emily’s older half-brother, had served a year and a half of his life sentence, commuted, from the death penalty for the murder of his daughter. It was clear that his health was in rapid decline, and possibly would not live for much longer.

Parkhurst Prison


Barnsley Chronicle, etc. 31 March 1888
Yorkshire Evening Press 26 November 1889

27 May 1874 – Leicester Guardian – Leicester, Leicestershire, England

The Tatler 18 March 1903