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Charles Kingshaw: A Coroner’s report

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Charles Kingshaw: A Coroner's report Ladies and gentleman; it is my sad duty to tell you all of the sad events and circumstances that lead to the tragic death of Charles Kingshaw who drowned near the family's home, the isolated, lifeless "Warings". Firstly, I will read what the events leading up to the death were. Edmund Hooper has had a very disturbing and a very abnormal childhood. Since his mother's distressing death when he was 4 years old, he embarked on a sad infancy of neglect and misunderstanding. Young Edmund's personality was mutilated by the awful lack of emotional and physical attention, which resulted from his mother's death. His father was obviously seriously affected also; he threw himself into his work and spared little time for Edmund. Edmund essentially brought himself up emotionally himself, which left him with very serious behaviour deformation. When Mr Hooper met Ms Kingshaw, it seems that he had less time still to spare for his growing child. However, a large addition had been made to the house. Not only did Ms Kingshaw (herself divorced) move into the house as a "temporary housekeeper", a place which, it is of my opinion, was only offered in order to give enough time for Mr Hooper and Ms Kingshaw to make a romantic bond, but also, a new child of Edmund's same age, Charles Kingshaw moved in also. ...read more.


Kingshaw's abnormal upbringing had left him with unusual neurosis and fears. "Warings" is a dark, old house. It is a gothic, dull place situated in an isolated area. There were few children to act as friends to the prisoners in this mansion. There was little to do, except for exploring the local area and entertain them selves about the house. One of Edmund Hooper's many complexes is to play mind-games on others. In this case, the victim was Charles Kingshaw. Hooper started a series of pranks designed to mentally destroy Kingshaw. He was playing a game, trying to break Charles Kingshaw. Such "pranks" included putting a large black crow at the foot of Charles' bed during the night, having previously known that Kingshaw was terrified by crows. Kingshaw awoke, scared and embarrassed. He was trapped in someone else's lair- imprisoned in a labyrinth of manipulation and strategy against him. No one could save him; not even his mother to whom he had previously been closer to but now to whom he felt estranged and disappointed. It was clear where her priorities lay- in Mr Hooper. Charles was fighting a psychological war against Hooper with no emotional support. This left him vulnerable and despairing, often crying himself to sleep. ...read more.


This "childish rivalry" would have ended in death, indubitably. So, who is to blame for this unusual, appalling death? I have described the circumstances surrounding the case. It is of my belief that Kingshaw did kill himself, ladies and gentlemen, finding himself incapable of continuing alone. "No man is an island", it is said- Charles Kingshaw was an island. The constant battering of Hooper followed him everywhere. There was no escape, and there was nowhere to turn. He despaired and killed himself. But who drove him to kill his self? Was it Hooper? Did he consciously mean to drive Kingshaw to suicide or was he so "emotionally disfigured" his self to recognise what exactly he was doing? In which case is it the parents' responsibility, for not having been aware of what was happening between their children, and not having shown genuine love nor attention to their children in such a strange situation after such a difficult childhood? Lest we forget, they themselves had personality issues and mistaken priorities, failed previous relationships; they were both widowed after all, and a lack of affection and emotional confusion must have distorted their acts. However was it their fault that Hooper's personality was "disfigured" at all? It is to you, members of the jury, to decide... ...read more.

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