Henry Taylor 1949

Convicted in 1949 for the murder of 13 year old school girl, Pearl Cowman. She was reported missing on 24th August, and her body was found in the canal at Stalybridge 2 days later. 41 year old Taylor denied any involvement , but shortly after her body was found he began behaving oddly, telling fellow workers that he ‘smelled of death’.He had been seen with Pearl by several people after she had been sent for chips by her grandmother whom she lived with.
Sentenced to death, he was due to be executed on 29th December, but received a reprieve on Christmas Eve.

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