Three days after 67-year-old Mrs. Emily Stubbs was found stabbed and battered to death at her home in Chester Street, Birkenhead, her 18-year-old grandson George Scarratt confessed that he had killed her.

He told Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Inspector Jack Capstick that there had been a row because in March he had taken £3 from a drawer. He said that his grandmother grabbed a kitchen knife and a fight ensued between them.

Mrs. Stubbs had died on APRIL 24th, 1949, from stab wounds and head injuries inflicted by a hammer, and at his trial Scarratt said he suffered from blackouts and hadn’t known what he was doing.

He was convicted of murder, but the jury recommended mercy on account of his youth. Spared the gallows, he was released from prison in May 1958, after serving nearly nine years.