Another Obituary Of Dr. Thomas Bond

Posted: June 12, 2009 in Obituaries

The end of Mr. Thomas Bond, the consulting surgeon to Scotland Yard, was sudden and tragic. For six months he had been suffering from an irritating internal malady, which latterly caused melancholia, and for four or five months past he had an attendant at No. 7, The Sanctuary, Westminster. For six weeks he had been confined to his bed. He showed signs of improvement at the beginning of the week, and on Wednesday night, although he said he felt "something wrong with his head," he slept soundly. About 7 o’clock yesterday morning the nurse left the room for a moment, and then Mr. Bond, the mania suddenly seizing him, leapt from his bed, clad only in his nightshirt, and threw himself from the window on the third floor. He fell nearly 50 ft. on to his head into the area. Passersby rushed to his assistance, only to find a portion of the brain protruding, and the unhappy man at his last gasp. By the time he had been carried across the road to Westminster Hospital, where he had so often during the last quarter of a century attended people in like plight, he was dead.
The late surgeon, who was in his 60th year, contributed many articles to medical journals, and was active in his experiments and researches. But he bulked largest in the public eye as Scotland Yard’s consultant in criminal cases. His first case was in connection with the victims of the foundered Princess Alice, his last couple those of Dr. Collins and Dr. Whitmarsh, charged with murder as the result of their illegal operations on women. In 1875 he was called in to make a further examination of the remains of Harriet Lane, on the charge of murdering whom, at Whitechapel, Henry Wainwright was arraigned. Mr. Bond’s evidence as to the discovery of three bullets which had been previously overlooked, and as to other points in connection with the case, helped to place the rope round the neck of the prisoner. Mr. Bond examined the bodies of the victims of "Jack the Ripper," and he arrived at the conclusion that in all the cases the same man was concerned. In 1879, he gave evidence in the case of Katherine Webster, who was convicted for the murder of her mistress, Miss Thomas, at Richmond; and two years later his evidence helped to convict Percy Lefroy of the murder of Mr. Gold. Other notable cases in which he had to make autopsies and give evidence were the Wimbledon and Neil Cream poisoning cases and the murder of Miss Camp on the South Western railway.
He was a formidable witness, for when once he made up his mind he gave his evidence with confidence, and without the least hesitation; and cross examination was more likely to drive another nail into the murderer’s coffin than to afford the prisoner a loophole of escape.

Source: The Advertiser (Adelaide, S. Australia), Monday 15 July 1901, page 11


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