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1 BEDFORD, Paul GASKIN.
Warwickshire History into Print 2006 1st soft cover trade paperback FINE 
x+94pp+illus. The first full account of the tragic life of Henry Thomas (Harry) Gaskin who committed the murder of Lizzie Talbot (his wife) at Hednesford, Staffordshire in 1919. Gaskin had been in trouble with the law on several occasions, at one time serving hard labour at Portland prison. On his return from the Western Front in WWI he found his wife with a child, allegedly fathered by a soldier named Monty Harris. On the 19th February, 1919, he sent a note to his wife arranging to meet her and she was not seen alive again. According to evidence Gaskin had totally lost control during an argument about her immoral behaviour and literally ripped his wife to pieces, later throwing the remains into the water under the gasometer. He tried sending a note home saying Lizzie was safe and signing it from a friend, but he was soon in Cannock Police Station. His trial was held at Stafford in July and he was hanged by Ellis on 8th August. (The case also became known as The Hednesford Ripper). 
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