On May 5, 1934, the body of Harriet Shaw, age 21, was found concealed in a thicket of shrubbery at Notts, near Retford, England. Last seen alive on May 2, the victim had been strangled by her assailant.
On May 7, 32-year-old Walter Prince was arrested and charged with the crime before a local magistrate.
At his trial, Prince declared that the murder of Harriet Shaw was an act of revenge, committed after she infected him with venereal disease. Convicted on June 18, he was condemned to hang.
After hearing the sentence pronounced, Prince startled his audience with an unexpected declaration. "I want to make a statement before I kick off," he declared, "and you can take it down if you want to. In 1928, I should have been strung up for the willful murder of Mr. Charles Armstrong, of Rusholme, Manchester. I will go for the two of them, and not sorry for the last one."
Another suspect, George Fratson, had been sentenced to hang for the Armstrong murder in July 1930, but he was reprieved on appeal. His record was cleared by Prince's confession, and the admitted slayer of two was "strung up" on schedule.
Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia
of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans
M RACE: W TYPE: N MOTIVE: PC
Murdered one man and one woman in personal disputes.