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Leslie GREEN





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 16, 1952
Date of birth: 1923
Victim profile: Alice Wiltshaw (female, 62)
Method of murder: Beating with a poker
Location: Barlaston, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Status: Executed by hanging at Stafford Gaol on December 23, 1952

Leslie Green was responsible for the death of an innocent person, Alice Wiltshaw died from blows delivered with a poker in order for him to steal her valuables and jewellry. He had once worked for the Wiltshaws and so knew when the 62 year old lady would be on her own, a crime that had been planned. 


Leslie Green

Ex-Borstal boy Leslie Green was found guilty of the brutal murder of Mrs Alice Wiltshaw and was hanged at Stafford Gaol, on 23 December 1952.

Mr and Mrs Wiltshaw lived in a large 14 room house called 'Estoril' at Barlaston in Staffordshire. On Wednesday 16 July 1952 Mr Cuthbert Wiltshaw came home from work to find the body of his 62-year-old wife lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen. She had been hit over the head and her skull was smashed, her jaw broken and she had been stabbed several times in the stomach. Her body also showed other cuts..

The murder weapon, a poker lay next to the body and nearby was a pair of blood-stained gloves, in which the left one had a tear in the thumb. It looked as if robbery seemed to be the motive as 3,000 worth of jewellery and a number of other items were missing. Also missing was an old RAF raincoat that Mr Wiltshaw kept for wearing when he was gardening.

Detective Superintendent Reg Spooner arrived from scotland yard and took charge of the case. When the murder had taken place all of the domestic staff were off-duty, the house also showed no signs of forced entry, this made it look as if the murderer knew the domestic routine of the house.

The police then set about the laborious task of contacting all former staff at the house and slowly eliminated them from the inquiry. The only ex-member of staff they could not locate had worked at the house up until two months ago as the chauffeur. His name was Leslie Green who the Wiltshawws had sacked for using the car for his own purposes. His name was not unknown to the police as he had been in trouble before and spent time in borstal. Green's picture was released to the press and he later walked into Longton police station to 'clear himself'.

Police found a witness who was able to give a description of a man seen near the house on the day of the murder which fitted Green. They also found that he had given some rings to his girlfriend that matched those stolen from the house. Gordon's alibi was that he had been sleeping in a park in Stafford prior to catching a train to see his girl-friend in Leeds.

Spooner calculated that Green had time to get to Barlaston and back in time to catch the Leeds train. Backing a hunch, he asked the Railway Police to try and trace the missing overcoat. A couple of days later the blood-stained coat was found in a lost property office. A porter had found it on the Stafford-Holyhead train. When Spooner checked Green's hands he found that Green had a recently healed cut on the thumb of his left hand, exactly matching the cut in the glove. His rubber-soled shoes also matched bloody footprints found in the kitchen.

His trial at Stafford Assizes took three days and the evidence was overwhelming. He was hanged at Winsom Green prison on 23 December 1952 by Albert Pierrepoint.



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