Timid, unassuming man driven to kill sister-in-law

Ernest Churchman escaped the rope and a long drop to eternity after claiming his sister-in-law “provoked” him into killing her – almost severing her head from her body with a knife he had grappled with her. But the Wimbledon father was still sentenced to five years of penal servitude. Here, JAN BONDESON tells another tale of a gruesome Victorian killing which shines a light on our modern attitude to fatal levels of domestic abuse.

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