Even when she was engaged to Raymond “Johnny” Cull, Jean Caton, of Northolt, was seeing a married man. She even told Johnny that she had met the other man in a cafe facing the Hare and Hounds, the pub in Ruislip Road, Greenford, where she and Johnny first met.

“He’s separated from his wife and has a car and his own flat,” she added. That was tough on Johnny, who was just a labourer.

Jean and Johnny had been living together since she was 15. They married when she was 16 and he was 22. If the writing was not already on the wall, it soon would be. Within weeks she went back to her father’s home and wrote to Johnny that she never wanted to see him again.

When he got the letter on Saturday, June 28th, 1952, Johnny went out and drank 17 pints of beer. He then decided to visit Shadwell Drive and try to reason with Jean. He took a bayonet with him “in case her father tried to stop me from talking to her.”

He climbed in through a back window, went to Jean’s bedroom, woke her up and stabbed her to death. Her dying screams, so audible that they were heard by neighbours, woke her father and her sisters.

Johnny was pursued by Jean’s father and a crowd of people following him before he was arrested in Thorn Close, Ealing, by a policeman to whom he said, “I done it, guv’nor, with this bayonet. She’s been two-timing me.”

“Johnny” Cull appeared to be indifferent to his fate when he was sentenced to death. He showed the same stoicism when he was hanged at Pentonville on SEPTEMBER 30th, 1952.