The neighbour from hell – that was James Jones, 26, a ship’s fireman. Showing his friends a vicious, long-bladed knife, he said, “Just watch me. I’m going to use this to kill that so-and-so who lives next door to me.”

The unfortunate victim, Edward White, who was Jones’s neighbour in Upper Well Alley, Wapping, east London, had done nothing more than try to broker a peace between his wife and Jones’s parents, who were always at odds with each other. After a series of quarrels and accusations between the two parties, Jones stabbed White to death as he returned home just before midnight on August 9th, 1896.

After being sentenced to death Jones declared that he didn’t want any efforts made to reprieve him, and was hanged on Tuesday, October 6th, 1896, at Newgate.