Camp, New Westminster
28th October 1859
Proceedings of an Inquest held at the
Camp, New Westminster on the bodies of Elizabeth Crart and her
Infant. The said Elizabeth Crart having first Murdered her
Infant, and attempting the lives of her two other children and
then committed suicide.
A Jury having been summoned consisting of the following
Foreman - Henry Holbrook
A. J. Armstrong, E. Brown, John Ramage, W. Dewdney, John Scott,
Thomas Maloney, J. W. English, J. N. Herring, George Mayfield, J. H.
Sachett, William Foster, J. V. Seddall MD and Medical evidence.
The Jury having been duly sworn the following evidence was
1st Witness Maryanne Rowebottom being duly sworn states I
live in the same block as the accused lived in. Between 7 and 8
o'clock this morning I was in my room getting breakfast when I
heard screaming in Mrs. Crart's room. I went to her door and
found it locked inside. I stood for a few moments in the veranda
listening when Mrs. Crart came out with her throat cut. I
immediately ran away. I do not consider Mrs. Crart to have been
in a sound state of mind for some days past.
2nd Witness Anne Hall having been duly sworn states. I
have observed that Mrs. Crart's manner has been very strange for
a week past. About 7 o'clock this morning I was out hanging
clothes I heard a dreadful screaming and saw Mrs. Crart in the
veranda with her throat cut. She barred her hands and explained
"I have done it". I went into the room and took the baby off her
and found a cut on its throat. I also found the little girl
called Rosina dead on the Bed with her throat cut.
3rd Witness William Edwards being duly sworn states. I
heard a cry of murder this morning between the hours of 7 and 8. I ran over to where produced from and found Mrs. Crart walking
about the veranda with her throat cut. I caught hold of her and
tied a cloth round her throat to stop the bleeding. I made her
sit down in the room and I sent for her husband. Mrs. Crart
lived about 3/4 of an hour. I have not considered her in sound
state of mind for some days past. I found the Razor near the
door of the room covered with blood.
Dr. Seddall being duly sworn, in Medical evidence states. This morning between 7 and 8 o'clock I was called from my
Quarters by servant who stated that Mrs. Crart had cut her
throat. I hastened to the accused's house and found her sitting
in her room with deep cut in the throat which completely severed
the windpipe and large vessels of the neck. She bled profusely
and died about half an hour from suffocation by the intake of
blood into the lungs. I also found her little girl named Rosina
in her last moments with a severe cut in the throat. I also
found the youngest child seven months old with a superficial cut
in the throat, alive. I also found the boy Arthur Crart 6
years old bleeding from three severe wounds on the leg and
thigh, also with a deep cut on the back of the neck. The wounds
all apparently inflicted with a razor. I saw the razor
which had been picked up by Sapper Edwards covered with blood. The boy Arthur and the Infant are doing as well as can be
After mature deliberation we the undersigned have come to
the unanimous conclusion and return the following verdict that
Elizabeth Crart died by her own hand while in a fit of temporary
insanity, having previously killed the daughter Rosina and
inflicted the wounds above mentioned on her son Arthur Crart and
her Infant boy.