- Transcribed by Barb Baker Barb Baker
- Edition: January 17, 1874 January 17, 1874
"WAKING" AN EXECUTED MURDERER. -
The ' Liverpool Albion ' gives the following account of a "wake" which was held at Liverpool at the house of the man CORRIGAN, whose son was hanged at Kirkdale on Monday for matricide.
Old CORRIGAN kept to his purpose of holding the wake which he promised his son. Between ten and eleven o'clock on Monday night upwards of 80 persons were assembled in the lower rooms of the house in Chisenhale-street. The ordinary requisities of a wake were, however, absent. There was neither beer nor tobacco, but in the centre of the front room, a table was placed, covered with a snow-white cloth, on which stood five candlesticks and candles ornamented with white and coloured paper. All present appeared sober and orderly, and their conversation was directed to the sad event of the morning, which they all joined in lamenting. Old CORRIGAN stood near the fire, and was loud in the expression of his grief.
He said they were prevented from waking the body of poor Thomas, but they had the satisfaction of meeting together and speaking of their loss.