Harry Meadows

Harry Meadows was a pensioner and accidental killer.

In 1961, 87-year-old Harry Meadows, a resident at the Haslemere Home for the Elderly in Great Yarmouth, England, achieved late-in-life notoriety when he accidentally killed another 3 residents of his care home by dressing up as the grim reaper and peering through the residents' lounge window whilst holding a scythe.

The year before Harry's performance, another resident of the same home, the then 81 year old Gladys Elton, for reasons best known to herself, had conceived the idea of performing a striptease for her fellow residents of the home; unfortunately such was the effect of Elton's performance that it caused the death of one resident by way of a cardiac arrest and the treatment for shock of five other residents.

The home was forced to shut as a result of these two incidents.

*Brewer's Rogues, Villains & Eccentrics Page 240. ISBN 0-304-35728-6 - edited by William Donaldson.

Comments (3)
1. 06-01-2009 21:34
What a great story. This story was featured on Stephen Fry's QI program. Series 5 Episode 11 (Endings)  
2. 02-02-2009 20:16
:eek :grin bloody brillient :grin :eek
3. 03-02-2009 16:49
don't close the home all homes should be like this, shows great British grit..

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