James Ratcliffe 1843

James Ratcliffe moved around the North West before settling in Stockport. He was unemployed and oftern ‘in drink’, and had a volatile relationship with his wife Elizabeth. It was so volatile that one of their six cildren, a son, took his mother away from Ratcliffe, to stay with him. Ratcliffe followed them there, and fatally stabbed his wife, and professed to be glad to have done so.
He was hanged in front of a crowd of 2,000 people, in fron of the prison, on 2nd September 1843