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John Bugg and the Red Barn Murder
Posted by: Debbie Waters (ID *****7338) Date: September 28, 2005 at 10:59:59
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Reading about the famous 'Murder in The Red Barn' in Polstead, Suffolk (A murder of Maria Marten by William Corder who buried her body in the Red Barn of a local farm in 1827.The story caught the public imagination and has inspired music hall plays and even movies) I spotted that John Bugg of Polstead, who worked on Corders mothers farm, gave a good character witness for Corder saying that he had always found him 'kind and humane'. I believe this may be my greatx4 grandfather. There was a family story that his son (also named John) spoke of being present when Marias body was discovered, peering through the wooden slats of the barns wall. Even though he would have been very young at the time, if his father had worked on that farm, it lends credence to the John Bugg of the trial being my ancestor.
Any one have any thoughts on this or info on Polstead during that time?
Deb Waters

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