Anyone who dies of their injuries within a year and a day of being attacked is the victim of murder, according to law. Thats what happened to Anne Todd. She was almost beaten to death by two intruders at her home in Cottingham, Hull, on February 25th, 1901, but she survived until Saturday, February 1st, 1902, when she died of her injuries, aged 78.
She was so badly injured that she had only rare moments of lucidity, in one of which she described her attackers as a man and a woman. The man said: Im going to do for you. She pluckily replied: Youd better not try. That was all she could remember. The motive remains a mystery it couldnt have been robbery because the killers left Annes purse, containing £8, untouched.