John Thornley 1915

John Thornley was a 26 year old Railway Lampman, who on September 18th, 1915 at Macclesfield murdered his former sweetheart. Frances Johnson had been engaged to Thornley, but after a row, she gave him back the engagement ring. On the night of the murder she was found with wounds to her head throat and arms, and she was holding a shoemakers knife. A note was found in her room from Thornley stating ‘‘Dear Pa and Ma,—l told you I would kill or cure Frances, and I have done it. I hope you will forgive for breaking God’s holy law.”
He was hanged on December 1st, in a double execution, with Young Hill, an American cattleman convicted of murder on a ship.
Hanged by John Ellis at Liverpool.