James Ford 1843

A 23 year old form Mottram, he was convicted for the murder of Samuel Shaw, whom he attacked following a drinking session at The Angel Inn, at Mottram. It seems he had intentions on Mrs Shaw, who was described as “not of prepossesing apearance” in the press.However there was evidence that he had raped her whilst her husband lay insensible nearby. The jury reccommended mercy, and sentence was respited. Ford was held at the Castle, and the news of the reprieve was not immediately passed on to the City Officials, who had paid out £10 to bring an executioner from Dudly.

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