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Elias Huelin (1786-1870)

The terrible murder of the cemetery’s assistant chaplain and his housekeeper.

Although many thousands of long and happy lives are remembered in Brompton Cemetery, there are some grisly tales of lives cut unnaturally short too.

The housekeeper Ann Boss Ann Boss had been the clergyman’s housekeeper for many years. Her grave is just behind Reverend Huelin’s. (Credit: Newspaper image © The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive)

In 1870, a shocking double murder gripped this peaceful and prosperous area, just a few years before Jack the Ripper stalked London’s streets. The elderly Reverend Elias Huelin, assistant chaplain at Brompton Cemetery, and his housekeeper Ann Boss were brutally killed by odd-job man Walter Millar.

Ann’s body is discovered in a box (Credit: Jan Bondeson / Amberley Publishing / mediadrumworld.com)

The murders were only discovered when a box was found in the kitchen of Reverend Huelin’s unlocked house, sitting in a pool of blood. It contained the body of the housekeeper. The police then began searching for the clergyman. He was eventually found buried in the backyard of the house he had rented to Walter Millar.

Elias’s body is found buried (Credit: Jan Bondeson / Amberley Publishing / mediadrumworld.com)

Millar, who’s motive appeared to have been robbery, was tried and hanged for his crime. Elias and Ann are buried beside each other in the cemetery.

Walter Millar Walter Millar was hanged for the double murder, although there was little direct evidence to substantiate his guilt. (Credit: Newspaper image © The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive)

Illustration of the murders The details of the ‘Chelsea Double Murder’, and the trial that followed, were widely reported. (Credit: Newspaper image © The British Library Board. All rights reserved. With thanks to The British Newspaper Archive)

Further information

Huelin’s grave

(Credit: Greywolf)

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