Shot four times, including twice in the head, Mrs. Maud Mills, 36, remarkably lived for six days before she died in hospital. For the police and those who knew her, they were a baffling six days.

From her hospital bed Mrs. Mills claimed she hadn’t been shot at all, but had fallen accidentally on a railing – a story which was flatly contradicted by her bullet wounds. Then, just before she died, she confided to her sister-in-law that unbeknown to anyone she was a part-time prostitute.

The gunman may have been one of the three men Mrs. Mills was seen talking to at 11.10 p.m. outside Lloyds Bank in Walsall town centre on Sunday, May 5th, 1912, because soon after that sighting witnesses heard the gunshots.