Date Of Execution: 29 Dec 1903
Crime Location: Lord Street, Blackpool
Execution Place: Liverpool
Executioner: William Billington
Henry Bertram Starr was convicted of the murder of his wife Mary Hannah Starr and sentenced to death.
They had married in March 1903 but by the middle of the year she had left him and was seeking a separation order and custody of their child. On the Monday, the day before the murder, Mary Starr had taken out a summons against him at the Police Court for maintenance and had obtained an order against him for 6s a week.
The next day Henry Starr went to the house where Mary Starr was living with her mother on 24 November 1903 and knocked on the door. He had been drinking heavily during the day and was in a state of intoxication at the time. Mary Starr let him in and they went to the kitchen where Henry Starr got a bread knife and then attacked her with it, stabbing her multiple times in the breast and neck. When he mother went to her assistance he attacked her as well.
He had previously been charged with the murder of a girl in 1896 but was acquitted at the Manchester Assizes. She had drowned in the Ribble. At the time he was 24 years old and a book canvasser for a Carlisle firm. The girl was Eleanor Coulthard aged 16 who was in domestic service in Chatburn.
Henry Starr was a slater's labourer.
see The Evening Post - Tuesday 24 November 1903
see Burnley Express - Saturday 02 January 1904
see Dundee Evening Post - Tuesday 24 November 1903
see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 December 1903
see National Archives - ASSI 52/88, HO 144/736/113826