Ann Mudd, killing : petty treason, 20th April, 1737.
Ann Mudd , of St. James's Westminster, was indicted, for that she
not having God before her Eyes, &c. on Thomas Mudd her
Husband, feloniously, treasonably, and willfully, did make an
Assault, and with a certain Knife, value 1 d. which she held in
her Right Hand, him the said Thomas, in and upon the right Part of
the Back, near the Back Bone, did strike and stab, giving him one
mortal Wound, of the Breadth of one Inch, and the Depth of 3
Inches, of which mortal Wound he instantly dy'd . Feb. 23.
was a second Time indicted on the Coroners Inquest for the said
was a third Time indicted, for that she not having God before her
Eyes, &c. in the Fury of her Mind, on Thomas Mudd her Husband,
did make an Assault, and with a certain Knife, value 1 d. held in
her Right Hand, the said Thomas, in and upon the Right Part of the
Back, near the Back Bone, (he not having any Weapon drawn, nor
having first stricken) did strike and stab, giving him with the
said Knife, one mortal Wound of the Breadth of one Inch, and of
the Depth of 3 Inches, of which he instantly died. Feb. 23.
Owen . Mary Standridge , the Prisoner's Mother, lives in a Cellar
in Carnaby Market. The 23d of Feb. I was in the Cellar with Ann
Mudd and her Mother; the Deceased was going by the Cellar Door,
and Mary Standridge call'd him down, when he came to the 3d Step
from the Bottom, Ann Mudd struck him a slap in the Face, and he
bid her be quiet: She had a Knife by her Side, which she pull'd
out and clapp'd it down on a Cupboard which was in the Cellar:
then, as he stood upon the 3d Step, she struck him again in the
Face, and he bid her be quiet. Then she went and sat down in a
Chair by the Fire Side, and the Deceased came down and sat in her
Lap, and wanted to buss her, she would not let him, so they both
tumbled together out of the Chair upon the Ground; I thought they
had been playing together.
What happen'd next?
The Deceased got up first, and the Prisoner when she was up went
to the Cupboard where she had laid the Knife, and hurl'd something
Do you know what it was?
I can't be positive what it was; I thought it look'd like a
Saucer: After this, she stood some Time at the Cupboard, and then
she went to him as he stood in the middle of the Cellar, and he
immediately cry'd out, O Lord! I am stabb'd! I am stabb'd! Mother!
Mother! She has done for me. I ran immediately to call Standrige's
Husband, but when I came back, the Deceased lay on the Ground.
Had she any Instrument in her Hand after he complain'd of being
I saw nothing in her Hand.
What Distance of Time might there be, between your going to call
Standridge's Husband, and your Return back?
I was not gone above 2 or 3 Minutes, and when I came back, the
Deceased lay on the Ground in his Blood.
Was any Surgeon call'd to his Assistance?
I went about to see for a Surgeon, but I could not get one.
How long did he live?
About 4 or 5 Minutes, he did not speak one Word after he cry'd
out, he was stabb'd.
Aggleton . I was sitting on the 3d Step from the Bottom, when
the Deceased came down and stood by me; the Prisoner came to him,
and hit him a slap in the Face, and gave him another Blow or two,
as he stood on the Step: She had a Knife by her Side, which she
laid down on the Cupboard, and then she said she would fight him;
he would not fight with her, so she sat her self down in a Chair,
and he went to her, and wanted to kiss her, but she would not let
him; he sat down in her Lap, and she push'd him away; then they
both fell from the Chair upon the Ground, and she got up, and took
some Thing off the Cupboard, and jobb'd it at him as he stood in
the middle of the Cellar, he immediately cry'd out, Mother!
Mother! I am stabb'd, I am stabb'd, she has done for me! The very
Minute that she jobb'd, he cry'd out, and dropp'd down upon his
Backside, and I ran up Stairs to call Standridge's Husband.
After he made this Complaint, how did he fall?
He fell upon his Back-side, and I saw the Blood trickle down the
How long did he live afterwards?
I was gone about 3 or 4 Minutes, and when I came back he was dead.
Was he well when he came down Stairs?
Yes, very well; so I suppose he dy'd of the Wound.
Justice Lambert. The Prisoner was brought before me, and I ask'd
her how she could be so Cruel as to Kill her Husband? Why, say'd
she, I stabb'd him in the Back with a Knife, for Funn
Constable. I was sent for and found the Man Dead; I carried her
before Mr. Justice Lambert, and she told him she did it for Funn.
I search'd for the Knife, at that Time, and could not find it; but
the next Morning her Father brought it to me, and here it is.
Maccullough , Surgeon I was sent for by the Coroner to view the
Body of the Deceased: I found a large Wound between the 9th and
10th Ribs, on the right Side of the Back-bone; the Knife had
penetrated into the Cavity of the Breast; the right Lobe of the
Lungs was pierced quite through, and a large Blood-vessel, a large
Branch quite cut off, which was the Occasion of his Death.
Prisoner had nothing to say in her Defence, nor any Witnesses to
call. Guilty Death .