There are, of course, reports of murders, great cruelty to other humans but also -sadly- to animals simply because they are animals and what better way to have 'sport' and 'fun' than running down a badger or feeding hedgehogs poison to see whether it is true that none affect them.
Then you have cases like that of Phenix Adams.
Phenix Adams was a Private in the First Somerset Militia and, as you'll read below, sought medical aid for an ulcerated wound in the arm. Help was denied and Phenix deserted but was caught but while in gaol another wound appeared on his leg. All self inflicted or "occasioned by his own contrivance". But then he fell down some stairs and blood poured from his ears.
After that, Adams slipped into a coma -at first the only conclusion the doctors could make was "fakery". They tried all the tricks but it appears Adams was not faking. The last written about Adams was that "The man now remains in the same state of mental insensibility."
That was it. I can trace no more of Adams. Was he really causing problems by tampering with an old wound? Then self-inflicting a new wound? And the "fall" -did he pass out and you cannot really fake blood coming from your ears -a self inflicted cut in either ear wouldn't go unnoticed, especially if blood was "pouring out" and then the gradual slip into a coma -and it seems the doctors tried every trick to prove a hoax or medicate him.
So, we're not even sure whether the name is "Phenis" or "Phenix"...here is the original item picked up and published by The Liverpool Mercury, 16th August, 1811
Really, this case is one that needs the expertise of a local historian -possibly one who can also check the militia rosters of the time if they still exist. It might be possible to learn more but after all this time it would still be guesswork as to the cause of Phineas' problems. However, considering that doctors at that time, particularly in the military, were not exactly sensitive and gentle (there are cases where physicians suspecting fakery were "very free" with sticking needles in patients -and needles in those days were much bigger).
Ah, for a time machine!