“The Murder of Alfreda Pike”


Out walking, Alfreda Pike, sixteen, is overtaken and her throat is cut. If the murderer is found he'll be lynched. Alfreda is buried at Harbour Grace.


Constable Furey, who had been involved in the murder investigation, made a death-bed confession, more than 50 years later. Evidence of the confession was lost until revealed in a book by Jack Fitzgerald published in 1997. Source is an excerpt from _The Hangman is Never Late_ by Jack Fitzgerald on the Creative Book Publishing site. Creative Book Publishing is in St. John's, Newfoundland - BS

Historical references

  • Jan 5, 1870 - murder of Alfreda Pike in Harbour Grace by Constable Furey


  1. Peacock, pp. 821-822, "The Murder of Alfreda Pike" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #9810
  3. BI, Pea821


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Peacock)
Keywords: homicide burial
Found in: Canada(Newf)