Bristol Mercury, 9 March 1872
A woman named Nicholls, residing at Okel Tor, near Calstock, Cornwall, was horribly mutilated on Monday morning by her husband. The poor woman was sleeping soundly, when her husband, who has been in a desponding state for some time, repeatedly slashed her abdomen open with a large clasp-knife. Her shrieks awoke her daughter, between whom and the assailant a terrible struggle in the dark took plave. The young woman was stabbed in the hand, and her husband was also injured by the infuriated man. Mrs. Nicholls died on Tuesday morning.
(N.B. presumably the Mary Ann Nicholls (55) who was buried, after inquest, at Calstock Parish Church on 8 March 1872.)