Stafford mechanical engineer James Greenley, 50, had been unemployed for as long as he could recall, and he couldn’t take any more of it. He loaded his revolver and shot his wife and daughter dead, attempted to shoot another daughter and would have turned the gun on himself had he not had second thoughts.

Greenley was put on trial on JULY 10th, 1914, and sentenced to hang. This was reduced to life imprisonment a fortnight later, but he did not enjoy his respite for long, for only three years later he died in jail.