Date Of Execution: 20 Dec 1892
Crime Location: Oldham
Execution Place: Strangeways
Joseph Mellor murdered his wife Mary Jane in Manchester
On 17 October 1892 the body of Mary Jane Mellor was discovered buried beneath the staircase at her home in Oldham. She had last been seen alive on 3 September and since that time her husband had behaved as normal. A search had failed to reveal her whereabouts and she was treated as a missing person until the police were told that Mellor may be hiding something. Detectives ordered a thorough search of his house and found her body: she had been stabbed to death and her throat had been ripped from ear to ear. Mellor, a factory worker, was tried at Manchester Assizes and convicted of her murder. Hanged by James Billington.
see Western Gazette - Friday 02 December 1892
see National Archives - ASSI 52/13