A double murder was committed in Kingsland, London, last evening, under startling circumstances. The murderer is a discharged soldier named Hargon, and his victims are two Carmen—Walter Wheeler, aged about 35, residing at 85 Harford Road, Kingsland, and William Lambert, aged about 60, residing at 25 Felton Street, Hoxton. The tragedy is said to be the outcome of a quarrel in a local public-house, but on this point the evidence is conflicting. There appears, however, to be no doubt about the circumstances of the crime. Wheeler, Lambert, and a man named Martin were standing at the corner of Downham and Harford Roads, when Hargon, who was a stranger, passed. A remark was passed that he had a revolver, and someone shouted “Hi.” Whereupon he turned, levelled a six-chamber Colt revolver at the trio, and fired three shots in quick succession. Wheeler and Lambert fell dead, both shot through the head, but Martin escaped. A desperate struggle with the murderer ensued. The crowd attacked him, but he avoided capture for some minutes, and then William Knifton, brother of the pugilist, and a man named Newman secured him, the former being injured slightly in the struggle for the weapon, three chambers of which remained charged. For about eight minutes the murderer struggled with his capters on the ground, the crowd meanwhile kicking and stoning him. A rope was put round his neck, but Knifton released it, and with difficulty he was put into a passing cart, his captors having to secure him by sitting upon him. When charged at the station he was minus, it is stated, a leg of his trousers, and his head and face were cut and bruised. He was recently discharged from a Surrey regiment, but declines to give any particulars about himself, or his motive for the tragedy.

Glasgow Herald, Scotland
31 July 1890