A Drunken Wife Killer
New York, May 5.
Patrick Keating, a bod carrier, was arrested to-day for beating his wife to death. When the police arrived he was in bed drunk, lying on the head of the dead woman.
Source: A Drunken Wife Killer, Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, Nevada, 5 May 1884, p. 1.
A bod carrier, to the best of my sleuthing abilities, was someone who carried supplies for brick-layers.