Deciding she had picked the wrong man, Effie Burgin, 20, told her boy friend: “Our relationship is over.”

The boy friend, Arthur Covington, 27, was shattered. This was yet another blow to his self-esteem for, as he said himself, he was “idle and out of work.” Next day Effie went to visit his parents at their home in Wellington Street, Bedford, and, while she and Covington were alone, he shot her three times in the head at point-blank range.

His plea of insanity failed at his trial five months later, and he was hanged on Tuesday, December 3rd, 1895, at Bedford Prison. Victorian murder stories from True Crime Library.

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