A “sex urge” came on Ernest Bailey, 43, a Royal Artillery gunner stationed at Aldringham, Suffolk, when he saw Daphne Bacon, a well-built girl but only 14, walking along a path besides a cornfield near the village. He came up behind her and hit her with a heavy stick.

Daphne died later that same day, JULY 8th, 1945, from her injuries. A post-mortem revealed that she was a virgin and there was no evidence that sexual intercourse had taken place.

Two doctors testified at his trial in November that Bailey had been mentally defective since birth. He was sent to prison for life.