1827 Scene of Murder; A young woman, Maria Marten, was shot dead by her lover William Corder. The two had arranged to meet at the Red Barn, a local landmark, before eloping to Ipswich. Marten was never seen alive again and Corder fled the scene. He sent letters to Marten's family claiming that she was in good health, but her body was later discovered buried in the barn after her stepmother spoke of having dreamed about the murder.
Corder was tracked down to London, where he had married and started a new life. He was brought back to Suffolk and found guilty of murder in a well-publicised trial. In 1828, Corder was hanged in an execution witnessed by a huge crowd.
The village where the crime had taken place became a tourist attraction and the barn was stripped by souvenir hunters.
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