You might suppose that anyone would think twice about committing murder in Gibbet Street. But the name of this road in Halifax didn’t deter someone from killing there on JUNE 8th, 1957, when 80-year-old Miss Emily Pye was savagely beaten to death at the corner shop she had run for more years than most folk could remember.

Found dead by relatives calling to visit her, she had been punched repeatedly and then finished off with heavy blows from a fire-iron which smashed her skull.

Scotland Yard were called in, and detectives believed that the murder was not premeditated – although Miss Pye’s till was emptied, a much larger sum she kept upstairs had not been touched.

Eight potential suspects were wanted for questioning, but the investigation failed to find the killer.