His wife had left him for another man, Dr. Buck Ruxton, a 37-year-old Indian physician practising in Lancaster, explained when the woman who lived with him disappeared in September 1935. She was Isabella Van Ess, 34, who called herself Mrs. Ruxton. Her 20-year-old maid, Mary Rogerson, vanished at the same time.
A fortnight later several female human body-parts were found in the River Linn, under the bridge of the road from Carlisle to Edinburgh. Some of the body-parts were wrapped in pages from the September 15th Morecambe and Lancaster edition of the Sunday Graphic, and Ruxton was questioned by the police. He had already told them that Isabella had left him for another man, taking her maid with her.
The police learned that Isabella had last been seen on September 14th when she had gone to Blackpool to see her sisters who were there on holiday. She had driven back to Lancaster late that night, and detectives believed that on her arrival in the early hours of SEPTEMBER 15th Ruxton had accused her of seeing another man. It was suspected that in the row that ensued he killed her, also murdering Mary Rogerson to silence her as a witness.
On October 13th he was charged with the maids murder, and on November 5th with that of Isabella.
The court was told that distinguishing marks had been removed from the body-parts found in the Scottish river, but when X-rays of the skulls were superimposed on photographs of Isabella and Mary, the features matched. The jury also heard that a couple Ruxton had asked to clean his home had found blood on the carpets and stairs, and he had given them his bloodstained suit, later asking them to burn it.
The prosecutions case convinced the jury of Ruxtons guilt, and he was hanged at Manchesters Strangeways Prison on May 12th, 1936.