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Freda Phyllis RUMBOLD





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 25, 1956
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1913
Victim profile: Alfred Frank Rumbold (her husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Bristol, South West, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to death on November 22, 1956. Commuted to life imprisonment

Freda Rumbold

The marriage between Freda and her timber contractor husband, Alfred, was odd, to say the least. As Albert's mother was to later testify, he was "a very odd person, particularly at the time of the full moon." Freda spent many nights sleeping in her daughter's bed, or on the landing of their Bristol house, rather than share a bed with her husband whom, apparently, had strange sexual habits.

Freda was not without her own oddities. She spent a great deal of her time obtaining loans in her husband's name and forging his signature on worthless cheques. Alfred kept a 12-bore shotgun in the house and Freda asked friends to obtain cartridges for her. On the night of 25th August 1956, 43-year-old Freda blew away the top of her husband's head as he lay sleeping in bed.

Leaving the corpse where it was, she stuffed a towel soaked in perfume under the bedroom door and hung up a sign that read "Please do not enter." Relatives, asking about Alfred, were not satisfied with Freda's answers and asked the police to investigate. Officers were not deterred by the sign hanging on the bedroom door and quickly discovered the body.

At her trial Freda maintained that her husband had died as they struggled for the gun but forensic evidence about the angle of entry of the wound disproved this. She was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.



Freda Phyllis Rumbold

Freda Phyllis Rumbold was convicted of the murder of her husband Alfred Frank Rumbold and sentenced to death but reprieved.

They had been married for 20 years but she had had a difficult time of it.

She purchased a gun and on 22 August 1956 and shot him twice while he was asleep.

She kept the body around for several days before telling the police. She said that he had threatened to kill her and her daughter and had wrestled the gun off of him and it had accidently shot him in the struggle but the gun only held 1 shot and so she would have had to have reloaded, undermining her defence.

She blamed the moon and her husbands excessive sexual demands.



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