When the killer of Freddy Morton dropped to oblivion at Armley Prison, Leeds, in 1934
Master Detective December 2011
When the killer of Freddy Morton dropped to oblivion at Armley Prison, Leeds, in 1934, he uttered three short words that many believe referred to a woman’s unsolved murder three years before.
“It satisfies me that this was a depraved and dreadful crime,” the judge told the defendant after a jury in July this year had found the man guilty of murder. But they had no idea that he had already served nine years of a life sentence for a murder committed in Renfrewshire 38 years earlier, when he stabbed a drinking pal to death during an argument.
Naked, strangled and left for dead on Blackheath Common – that was Louisa Steele’s shocking fate. Even more disturbing were the deep teethmarks on her face and body.
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