A murder was committed in the early to mid 1900's at the Black Cottage in rural Shirley Holms, Hampshire or perhaps when is was called the Little Cottage. This home is next door to my ancestral property. The crime was apparently a love triangle scenario. I have no names, specific date and am not sure if it is unsolved or not. The little bit of information I stated came from a previous neighbour of the said property. I have checked with police, the county records office, local historians and the National Archives but without a name and date this is very difficult. I'm hoping someone may be able to help me.
Hi very odd I was just talking to my husband about the murder in Shirley Holmes as I remember my nan telling me about it because my grandad heard the shot as they lived next door by the railway in moonrakings my nan died ten years ago but lived there for about 50 years I'm afraid I don't know any names but yes it was a love triangle and believe the husband shot his wife for having an affair. Many thanks. PS Shirley Holmes is so beautiful
The murder at Black Cottage did happen. After a significant amount of research involving British phone books and electoral registers I ruled out any permanent residents. They could all be accounted for after the time I believe the murder occurred. From a local source it occurred in the early 1950's and did occur at the Black Cottage. I believe it happened sometime in 1953 and here's why. The electoral registers were compiled in November for the next calendar year. In November 1953 the owners and their daughter recorded their place of residence. The parents recorded Black Cottage as their residence while the daughter stated her place of residence as Crooked Cottage. The following year 1954, at electoral register time all 3 family member stated their residence to be Crooked Cottage. Why? I believe the daughter convinced her parents to leave the stigma of Black Cottage behind and change the name which they did. It would be quite easy for a resident to move out after the electoral registration and someone else move in an out before the next registration collection, going unnoticed in that regard and giving time for a crime to occur. A source tells me there was a woman living there for a time visiting someone in jail. How easy it would be for that relationship to fall apart, the woman find someone else and meet her fate when the prisoner was set free. My understanding is the murder occurred in the driveway at the front of the house. Furthermore the murder was published in the Southampton Daily Echo. I spent a few hours looking for it until I felt so ill watching the pages go by on microfiche I was almost sick. A copy of the article has been placed in a book for safe keeping. But which book is unfortunately unknown.