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Alfred Ernest Derrick 1910

Convicted for the murder of Hannah Mary Etchells with whom he was having an affair. He was a native of Exeter, where he had a wife and children, and on 21st May he went for an evening walk with Hannah. She was later found dead, having been strangled, with a leather belt around her neck. He was found nearby with superficial wounds to his neck. He later claimed they had a row, and he walked off, returning later to find her dead, and he tried to kill himself. The previous year he had been found guilty of not paying upkeep for his wife and 3 children.
Sentenced to death, his appeal also failed, but he was reprieved in August 1910

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.

William Thomas Hodgson 1917

Hodgson was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence of the murder of his wife and daughter in Wallasey. On the day in question he went to work as normal and returned in the evening when he was arrested. He was suspected immediately, and was discovered to be having an affair with a waitress.
The murder weapon, a hatchet, was discovered at the scene. There was also a case found with a selection of valuables, as if a burgular had been disturbed, but despite no blood on his clothing, and no link to the murder weapon he was found guilty after just 10 minutes deliberation.
His demeanour in court was detatched, and his attitude to the victims was off hand, which seemed to influence to jury.
An appeal failed, and he was hanged at Walton Gaol on 16th August by John Ellis.

William Dobson 1928

Dobson was capitally convicted for the murder of Hannah White, by striking her and fracturing her skull.
Dobson was a fisherman on the River Dee, and the previous year he was fishing with his best friend,John White, Hannah’s nephew, when John fell into the River, and drowned.
Hannah blamed Dobson for the death, and would frequently tell him so, which led to a confrontation in which he struck her. Dobson, whilst 29, was said to have the mind of an 11 year old. Sentenced to death at Cheshire Assizes, and reprieved. He spent 8 years in Maidstone prison before being released in June 1936.

1838 Dinah Jones

A servant girl from Chorley, she had given birth to a girl, Harriet, some 11 months before, and the child had been placed with a family. Dinah took the child back, as she could no longer afford to pay on her servants wage. The body of the child was found in a shallow grave near a brook, covered by some large flat stones.
At her trial she was found guilty, and sentenced alongside Ann Byron, similarly convicted of the murder of her child. The jury recommended mercy on account of her youth – sentence was commuted to 5 years hard labour.

1838 Ann Byrom

Convicted at the 1838 Summer Assizes for the murder of her illegitimate child, the judge, Baron Gurney specified her execution should be for 1st September, but the sentence was commuted to 5 years hard labour. She was from Stockport, and the petition for her reprieve came from there.

1907 George Huxham

sentenced to death for the murder of  72 year old Hannah Williams, through largely circumstantial evidence. Hannah had been subject to an attack, and suffered head and neck wounds, as well as 9 broken ribs Huxham had been to the house earlier with Hannah’s 27 year old daughter, and had left, and arranged to meet the daughter at 7.00p.m., although she instead went for a drink with another man. Several witnesses identified Huxham, and the jury recommended mercy, and sentence was commuted.