"The scenario that had shaped itself out in their minds was that Saville had woken up and seen a man in Gough’s bed. To silence the boy, the lovers stopped his mouth and — by accident or design — suffocated him.” Gough herself had depicted Saville as a tell-tale: ‘The little boy goes into his mamma’s room and tells everything.’ The couple then mutilated the body to disguise the cause of death, the police surmised."

— Kate Summerscale, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (p 34)