An act of drunken wickedness cost two lives and nearly claimed a third, on Saturday 28 December 1833, in Chesterfield.
The shoes, however, would lead to his downfall. The mother of his child did not like the shoes and became suspicious about how Lingard had obtained them. He insisted he had bought them, and then claimed he had exchanged them for a pair of stockings, although admitting that they had been stolen. Dissatisfied with this response, her suspicions grew. Unable to persuade her to take the money and shoes, Lingard hid them in a haystack and then later removed them to his own home, but his girlfriend soon reported her suspicions to the authorities.
A Greek Prose Reading Course for Post-beginners: Forensic Oratory: Lysias: On the Murder of Eratosthenes by Lisias, Malcolm Campbell