William Waddington, a 34-year-old cotton-spinner, lived in Oldham with his parents, two brothers and a sister. After work on FEBRUARY 14th, 1920, he had a few drinks at a pub. Then on his way home he encountered a neighbours daughter, seven-year-old Ivy Woolfenden.
Handing her a sixpenny piece, he asked her to fetch him some change. Then he entered his home. The rest of his family were out, and when Ivy returned with his change he asked her in…and she vanished.
When she was reported missing the police learned she had run an errand for Waddington. Searching his home, they found her battered body concealed in the cellar. She had been raped and then bludgeoned to death with a coal hammer.
At Liverpool Assizes on April 21st Waddington was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. He was hanged on May 11th, 1920.