30 March 1909 – Edmund Elliott

Jealousy got the better of Edmund Elliot after he caught his girlfriend out with another man.

Hair today

The 19-year-old hairdresser had been stood up. So he went in search of the love of his life, Clara Jane Hannaford, only to find her walking with another man. He lay in wait for her at home and the resultant quarrel culminated in Elliot slitting Hannaford’s throat.

A goner tomorrow

Not one to shy away from his guilt, Elliot promptly called the police, even providing them with the murderous razor as a weapon and confessing that he ‘did it on the spur of the moment’.

There was nothing for the jury to do except find him guilty and Elliot was consequently hanged by John Ellis and William Willis at Exeter.

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