Pearcey was convicted of killing her lover's wife and child on 24 October 1890, and executed for the crime two days before Christmas the same year.
Pearcey was born Mary Eleanor Wheeler in 1866. She assumed the name Pearcey after living with a man of that name, who left her because of infidelity. Later, she moved in with the furniture mover, Frank Hogg, who also had a habit of being unfaithful.
|Mrs. Phoebe Hogg|
Some eighteen months later, a neighbour heard screaming, and violent fighting in the house. Several hours later, Mrs. Hogg's body was found on a rubbish pile in Hampstead. Her skull was crushed, and her head nearly severed from her body. About a mile away, baby Phoebe's black perambulator was found, its cushions soaked with blood.
|Baby Phoebe's perambulator.|
Baby Phoebe was found dead in Finchley, suffocated.
That night, witnesses had seen Pearcey pushing the perambulator around London.
Upon searching her house, the police found blood spattered on the walls, ceiling, a skirt, an apron, everywhere... blood stains on a poker and a carving knife.
When the police asked her about it, Pearcey said she "had a problem with mice and was trying to kill them." Sir Melville Macnaghten wrote that Ms. Pearcey would later chant, "Killing mice, killing mice, killing mice," in answer to their questions.
|Wax figure of Mary Pearcey. The writing on the wall:|
"In a fit of jealousy Mrs. Pearcy killed Mrs. Hogg and
and her baby in the back kitchen. She put the bodies
into a pram and wheeled them to Haverstock Hill.
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