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Kill Total: 1 Kill place:
Kill date: August 1948 Victim(s): Nancy Chadwick
Date of Birth: 1906 Marital Status: Single
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29th August 1948 The body of local eccentric Nancy Ellen Chadwick was found in the street outside Margaret Allen's house.

Nancy Chadwick was an elderly widow known to be a little eccentric.


Margaret Allen was a 42 year old lesbian, her mother had died in 1943 and she had not taken it well.

In 1945 she received medical treatment for attacks of dizziness and she became depressed.

On investigation the police discovered blood stains on the wall inside the front door of Allen's house. When asked by the police why she had murdered she replied, I was In one of me funny moods and the old woman got on me nerves. Had she not made this statement she may have been able to plead insanity which was almost certainly the case. Her defence failed and she was hanged.

The murder weapon was a hammer which Allen had used to batter the 68 year old to death, raining blows to the head. At her trial she was dressed in men's clothing. The trial took only five hours and the jury reached their verdict in only 15 minutes. Although a petition was raised to try and save her only 162 signatures were collected.


12th January 1949, Margaret Allen was hanged at Strangeways prison by executioner Albert Pierrepoint.



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