Mrs. Emily Kenealy returned to her home in Drury Lane, London, one evening in January 1899, to find George Robertson, a local labourer who she knew well, cleaning up bloodstains from her carpet. In the hall was the body of her four-year-old daughter Mary, who Robertson had raped before cutting her throat.

Robertson’s defence at his two-day trial at the Old Bailey was that he was insane. But the jury convicted him, and he was hanged on Tuesday, March 28th, 1899, at Newgate Prison.