“Give her a dozen aspirins to keep her quiet,” joked a colleague when 40-year-old Francis Wilfred Windle complained of his wife’s mental instability, saying she was constantly nagging him to kill her.

Windle repeated this story at his trial for Florence May Windle’s murder. On JANUARY 30th, 1952, he had given his 58-year-old wife an overdose of 100 aspirins at their home in the Nechells district of Birmingham.

He told the jury she had asked him to kill her as she was tired of life, and the defence sought a verdict of insanity. But the jury decided that Windle was sane, convicted him, and he was sentenced to death.

A reprieve followed, however, and he was released after serving nearly eight years.