Date Of Execution: 24 Nov 1884
Execution Place: Manchester
November 24th: Kay HOWARTH (25)
On 3 October, Richard Dugdale (37), a commercial traveller from Wakefield, arrived in Bolton to do business with many of the town centre publicans. While in one pub he met up with Robert Hall, an old business friend, who invited Dugdale to join him for a drink. As they sat in the bar they were joined by Kay Howarth, who was well known to Hall as a local layabout and thief, and despite Hall's attempts to rid them of Howarth's presence, the three men visited a number of local bars as Dugdale carried out some business. At one pub, Dugdale returned to the table brandishing a large cheque which he put in his bag along with the rest of the money he had collected. At 6.15pm, Hall had to return home. Anxious that his now very drunk friend should not be left to walk the unfamiliar streets alone with so much money, he asked Howarth to escort him back to his hotel. Later that night a man stumbled over the body of Dugdale in a secluded street. He had head and throat wounds and the horrific gash in his neck left the man in no doubt that he was dead. A suicide note left beside the body was soon dismissed as a fake by the police. and investigations soon led them to Robert Hall. He told detectives he had left Dugdale in the company of Howarth. and a visit to the latter's room uncovered some of the dead man's possessions and money; they also found large traces of blood on Howarth's clothing. Howarth was tried before Mr Justice Smith at Manchester Assizes, convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
Kay Howarth (a male) for the murder of Richard Dugdale.
Note: I have no idea what SWINDELLS murder means in relation to the murder of Richard Dugdale other than the fact that Harry Hammond Swindells was also executed on this day at this place for the murder of James Wild, so the above reference to SWINDELS from the original source is probably incorrect and the actual crime is the murder of Richard Dugdale.