Although Albert Edward Burrows committed his first two murders on JANUARY 11th, 1920, the law didn’t catch up with him until he killed his fourth victim. A 62-year-old farm labourer living at Glossop, Derbyshire, he began his murderous career by slaying Hannah Calladine, whom he had bigamously married, and their illegitimate son and throwing them down a disused pit shaft.

The next day he disposed of Hannah’s little daughter in the same way, pretending that Hannah was still alive by writing letters to her mother. He came unstuck three years later when a four-year-old boy was reported missing. Burrows had been seen with him, and when police questioned him he led them to a pit shaft where they found the body of the boy, who had been sexually assaulted. On searching the shaft further, officers discovered the skeletons of Burrows’s three earlier victims.

It took a jury just 11 minutes to reach their verdict. Convicted of murder, Burrows was executed at Nottingham on August 8th, 1923.