A middle-aged woman, Margaret Slevin, has been sentenced to be hanged at Omagh on Aug. 17 for the murder of her infant. She was discovered by Police walking along the road carrying the dead child made up in a bundle. The body was quite warm, and there was no doubt that death was caused by strangulation. The condemned woman did not exhibit any emotion on learning her doom. The jury who convicted her accompanied their verdict with a recommendation of mercy. Lord Chief-Justice said he would forward the recommendation to the proper quarter, but he told the prisoner that he could not hold out to her any hope of reprieve, and that he advised her to spend the remainder of her days in this world in trying to atone for her great crime. For all the that, the chances are against the death sentence being carried out. There is no logical reason why a murderess should not be hanged as well as a murderer, so long as hanging is the penalty which the law of the land prescribes for murder; but the fact, nevertheeless, is that there is a growing disposition of the part of the Executive Government to make a distinction as regards the sex of the criminal.
New York (New York) Times, July 26, 1881.