Short handled axe

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Title

Short handled axe

Description

Metal axe head with short wooden handle. Label attached reads 'The axe to which the label is attached was found in coal cellar at no.1 Cameron Place, Craigs Road, Dumfries and is referred to in the case of John Maxwell Muir'.

Muir was found guilty of culpable homicide for the murder of his wife, his insanity plea was dismissed.

'The head is thickly smeared with blood which extends down the side of the head. In this blood there are several hairs embedded.

There are also blood stains on the wooden handle near the blade and others at the free end of the handle. This blood is human blood.

The hairs are human hairs and correspond in all details with a sample of hair taken from the head of the victim’.

(Notes from National Records Scotland, JC26/1933/98)

Date

19 Jan 1933

Format

Measurements (mm) = 430 x 200.

Archive Reference

OBJ/OBJ/18/1/32

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Citation

“Short handled axe,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed October 21, 2017, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/39.