[Paisley? Glasgow?]: Printed for the Booksellers, 1863. First edition. Removed chapbook, 6 x 3.75 inches, 8 pages. Fore-edge trimmed somewhat aslant, but not touching text; a trifle toned; in very good condition. Item #17488
The son of a respectable farmer was carrying on an "illicit connection" with Jane Henderson, whom he was courting; when she became pregnant, Johnstone turned his attentions to a young woman who might bring a "considerable fortune" to a marriage. Johnstone lured Henderson to the banks of the Humber with a brief note promising reconciliation, slit her throat and threw her body into the river. The body and the note were discovered together and Johnstone confessed.