William Reeve of Plantation Street, Leighton Buzzard, was disgruntled about the state of his marriage. He and his wife Harriett were always rowing, their disputes frequently becoming violent because of his drinking.

On Thurday, July 15th, 1915, Reeve, who was unemployed, took in a skinful, from nine in the morning until six in the evening. When he arrived home Harriett had just come in from work. They exchanged a few words before Reeve picked up his fully loaded double-barrelled shotgun and emptied it into her.

Then, in a botched suicide attempt, he tried to cut his throat with his razor. As he staggered out into the street covered with blood, he was seen by a policeman who gave him first aid.

Reeve recovered in time to keep an appointment with the hangman at Bedford Jail on Tuesday, NOVEMBER 16th.