Posted by Resident of Alton on July 31, 2000
In Reply to: Sweet Fanny Adams posted by Scott Marsden on July 28, 2000
: : : Am I the only one who views this with a certain amount of incredulity? It looks to me like a "minced" version of "Sweet F-A", or "Sweet [F-word] All, considering they all look alike and mean the same thing. "Fanny Adams" sounds like a more acceptable "FA" to use instead of the obscenity.
: : You many not be alone Scott but you're wrong - The story is well documented, the grave is in Alton's cemetery (Alton, Hampshire, England), it's well maintained and not 500 yards from where I'm sitting right now. Visit this website for the details http://altonrotary.hants.org.uk/sfadams.html
: Once again, truth proves itself to be stranger than fiction! Stranger, that is, if the relationship between the mudered FA and the FA of oath fame is better proven. Though I don't doubt the story as much anymore, it still is quite an amazing coincidence.
Well I'm real sorry that you don't like the information but it's incredibly well documented - visit the court records at Winchester that go back 1,100 years - and search the 1867 record of the trial. As to the expression "Sweet F A"; I would not see this as an amazing coincidence, rather an understandable one given the outrage and notoriety of the murder and the coincidental introduction of a canned meat for the Royal Navy shortly thereafter.