This is a story of a tormented soul, a deep turmoil created by untreated epilepsy.
Epilepsy ultimately was the reason why William ended his life in Horton Hospital.
We know little about Martha except that she was epileptic.
5½ weeks after he had his head cut open by being knocked down by some roughs in the street, William Aitken suffered a life of Epilepsy in hospitals and asylums. His wife left the children to fend for themselves and it would appear he never saw any of them again.