Fifty-year-old Alice Morgan was not in the best of health on the evening of Thursday, FEBRUARY 1st, 1951. She complained of a pain in her shoulder, but it didnt stop her going to two pubs in Hull that night with James Inglis, whom she had known for just two weeks. Later that evening, however, her health seemed to have taken a turn for the worse. She and Inglis left the second pub together at around 7.30, and Inglis was back there at about 9.10, saying that Alice was not well and he had put her to bed.
Her first visitor at her Cambridge Street home the next day was a 10-year-old boy who called after school to see if she wanted him to run any errands. He arrived at 4.30 p.m., saw her on a settee covered with a blanket, thought she was asleep and left quietly so as not to disturb her.
The next caller was Thomas Brougham, a postman, who went to her home three times on Saturday to deliver a registered parcel. He made his third call just after noon and, told by a neighbour that Alice was at home, he tried the door, found it was unlocked and went in. She was still on the settee, and when he tried to rouse her, he found she was dead. A silk stocking was tied round her neck, and she had facial injuries.
At 11.30 that night the police were questioning Inglis, who had attacked his landlady Amy Gray, inflicting a face wound which required eight stitches. During the interview Inglis said he had killed a woman in Cambridge Street.
She was Alice Morgan, and theyd had an argument, he told detectives. He had struck her, and the next thing he knew, she was dead. So he had covered her with a blanket and left.
At his trial Inglis pleaded insanity. His maternal grandmother had died in a mental hospital, and in 1945 he had been discharged from the army, diagnosed as a psychopath and spending three months in hospital. But at his trial he was found to be sane and was convicted of murder. Eighteen days later James Inglis was hanged at Manchesters Strangeways Prison.