Priestly, Helen

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Priestly, Helen Gender: F
born on 29 September 1925 at 12:30 (= 12:30 PM )
Place Aberdeen, Scotland, 57n10, 2w04
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 05°48' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°54 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 27°06'


Scottish homicide victim, age eight when her body was found in a sack under the stairs of the Aberdeen tenement where she lived, 4/21/1934. She had gone to the store the prior afternoon to buy a loaf of bread for her mom, and never returned. Helen had dyed of asphyxiation and it was a suspected rape, which was later disproven.

The neighbors were investigated, in particular, the Donald family. Helen had persisted in called Mrs. Donald "Coconut" until Jeannie Donald had hit Helen. The two families had maintained enmity since, not speaking. Human hairs were found in the sack with Helen which proved to be those of Mrs. Donald, and a part of a loaf of bread was found in her kitchen, the brand that Mrs. Priestly used.

Jeannie Donald was arrested and went to trial in July 1934. It was concluded that she decided to teach Helen a lesson for her impertinence and had jumped out from under the stairs. Helen could have vomited in fright and choked to death. Mrs. Donald could then have simulated rape with some blunt instrument to deflect suspicion from herself before putting the child's body in the sack.

The perpetrator was found guilty and given the death sentence, but this was later commuted to life. She was released in 1944 and disappeared from the public eye, dying in 1976.



  • Death by Homicide 21 April 1934 (Body found, age eight)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

David Fisher quotes Caroline Gerard for B.C. Transit 7/2000


  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Eight years old)