“I got tired of the child and I wanted to be rid of it,” explained Joseph Hirst, 26, when asked why he killed his one-month-old daughter Maud. The baby’s body was found in a canal in Ashton Road, Stockport. It had been strangled with a cord.

Hirst and his girl friend Martha Goddard, 20, who lodged together in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, were arrested and brought to trial at Manchester Assizes in July, 1896. No evidence was offered against the woman, however, after Hirst assured the police that she was completely under his control. He was hanged on Tuesday, August 4th, 1896, at Strangeways Prison.