Friends and acquaintances knew this much about Irish labourer John OShea he worked so much overtime that he stashed away £1,300. OSheas plan was to quit London and return to his native County Kerry to marry and take care of his widowed mother.
Someone, though, had other ideas for him. On Friday, April 27th, 1956, that someone beat OShea to death with a hammer at his lodgings in Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith, and made off with the money.
Three years later another Irish labourer confessed to the murder. Tried at the Old Bailey, he changed his plea, claiming he was under the influence of drugs when he confessed. In the witness box he said he was fed up and wanted to die and knew that if he were convicted of this type of murder he would be hanged. The jury acquitted him.