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Arthur Rushton 1946

33 year old Rushton murdered his girlfriend, 18 year old Catherine Cooper, by stabbing her after her parents asked them to cool their relationship. There was an age difference plus he was already married.
She died in the ambulance on the way to hospital, and shortly afterwards Rushton went to the same hospital stating he was suffering from poisoning. He was charged with murder and attempted suicide.
Found guilty, he was hanged on 19th November by Albert Pierrepoint, at Liverpool. He refused to appeal, and stated that he wanted to join Catherine.

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.

James Ellor 1920

36 year old Ellor had a row with his wife,Ada, and she left him to stay with a friend, at 8 Travis Street, Hyde. She applied for a summons against her husband for his persistent cruelty. Ellor found where she was staying, and went to ask her to return. The friend left the two to talk, and a short while later Ellor gave himself up to Police Constable Hughes, saying “I want you to lock me up. I have just murdered my wife in the back kitchen of No. 8, Travis-stveet. I hit her the head with a hammer She is separated from me. I tried to get her to return, but she refused.”
He was convicted, and hanged on August 11th by John Ellis.

William Hodgson 1917

Convicted of the murder of his wife and one of his children, both named Margaret, at 16 Central Park Avenue in Wallasey. Thier bodies were found in the back kitchen, along with a bloodstained hatchet. He had been having an affair with a waitress whom he had made pregnant, and after the murder was found to have bloodstains on his clothes, which were analysed by Bernard Spilsbury.
Judgement was passed on Friday 13th July.
” William Thomas Hodgeon, I will not add to the pain of your present position any observation of mine on the character of the crime of which you have been convicted. I am but the instrument of the law, pronounce upon you the sentence which the law decrees for the punishment of that crime, and that the sentence is that you should taken from hence to a lawful prison, and then to place execution, and that you be there hanged by the neck until you dead, and that your buried within the precincts of the prison in which you were last confined. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

Hanged by John Ellis and Edward Taylor on August 16th at Liverpool

Owen McGill 1886

Hanged for the murder of his wife, he attacked her with brutal ferocity, then dressed her in clean linen, and went to inform her relatives that she was ill.The murder took place on 31st October the previous year, in the farm cottage where he worked. The woman’s cries were ignored by neighbours as it was a normal state of affairs for them
He was executed by James Berry, 22nd February 1886

This was the first execution in Knutsford, the gallows having been brought there from Chester Castle

Henry Leigh 1877

A particularly brutal murder of Alice Halton,in Macclesfield,an 8 year old child. Leigh overheard the girls mother asking her to go to the mill and collect her mothers wages. Leigh follwed the girl, and when she came out of the mill with her mothers wages, he attacked her and stole the money. Her body was found floating in the canal some hours later.

Hanged by Marwood within Chester Castle, 12th August 1877

Martin Doyle 1861

Doyle had the distinction of being the last person executed in England for attempted murder.
A native of County Mayo, he was a travelling glazier, and was in the habit of travelling with his partner, Jane Brogine. During a rest at Church Lawton, he battered her with a stone, to the point where if she survived she would be brain damaged for life.

Hanged 27th August 1861 outside Chester prison, his body was buried in a Churchyard rather than the Castle precincts, as he was not convicted of murder.