The Failure To Pay

From: Mysteries of the Unknown

Labour leader John Blackman of Eastbourne, England, had no intention of paying the alimony his wife had demanded. The facts suggest that those who tried to make him pay - paid instead with their own lives.

Blackman's stubbornness first brought him into court in April of 1922. He was sent to jail. Shortly afterward one of the magistrates, John Duke, died.

Blackman refused to pay and was again sentenced. After the hearing, Major Molineux, one of the magistrates, fell seriously ill and died.

A few minutes after sentence was passed at Blackman's third appearance in court on the same charge, magistrate H.D. Farnell suffered a seizure and passed out, never to regain consciousness.

Still refusing to pay, Blackman was arraigned in October 1923, this time before Judge MacKarness in the Eastbourne County Court. Again, Blackman was sent to prison. He completed his sentence in time to attend the judge's funeral.

Late in July of 1924, Blackman received his fifth sentence. By September the magistrate present at the hearing, J.T. Helby, was dead.

When questioned about the bizarre circumstances surrounding the five deaths, Blackman called it an, "Insignificant coincidence." Was it?

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