When married life became unbearable for William Pedder, 29, a munitions worker, he separated from his wife. But three years later the couple met up again and agreed to resume living together.

On JANUARY 17th, 1917, they went in search of lodgings and while they were in deserted Bullsmoore Lane, Enfield, Pedder suddenly leapt on his wife and cut her throat. At his subsequent trial the killing was described as impulsive, for, it was said, Pedder had a genuine desire for a reconciliation.

The death sentence was later commuted to prison for life, but eight years later, in 1925, he was declared insane and transferred to Broadmoor.