No. 494
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 24, 2020

Killed and Eaten by Hogs.

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Killed and Eaten by Hogs.

Eaten by Hogs

A woman is murdered, then thrown into the streets, where she is partially devoured by hogs; Hunter’s Point, N. Y. [more]

While playing near the public school in East Fourth street, Hunter’s Point, last week, a party of children noticed a number of hogs rooting at what appeared to be a bundle of old clothes. The boys drove the animals away and found that the hogs had been eating the dead body of a woman. The police were notified and the body was removed to the Morgue. Pieces of flesh had been torn from the arms face and legs of the body.

The corpse was identified as that of Jane Irwin, a woman of forty years of age and the mother of six children. Her husband, James Irwin, is a mason, and the two lived at 1432 Second avenue, New York. On Thursday afternoon the deceased left her home to visit some friends in Hunter’s Point. She called on her friends and aided in consuming a large quanity of beer.

It is believed that on her return home she was outraged by a pack of roughs, who had murdered her for fear she would divulge their names. An investigation has so far failed to reveal anything in connection with her death.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, December 4, 1880.