James Leah 1926

Leah was a farmer from Finlow Farm, Over Alderly, who was a bully over many years to his family. One day his wife and one of his daughters left due to his manner. The next day the remaining daughter, Louise, told him that she too was leaving, so he attacked her with a hedge knife, and gave her several gashes to the throat. She managed to get 300 yards to Dickens farm where her mather and sister were staying, and collapsed in her sisters arms. He then tried to cut his own throat, and was found bleeding under a pile of hay, in a fodder store. He was taken to hospital, and arrested on discharge with his wounds dressed.
At his trial he admitted to killing his daughter, and was sentenced to death.
He was hanged on November 16th by Thomas Pierrepoint.

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