Francis Rattenbury with
wife Alma and son John, Bournemouth, England, early 1930s
Reproduced with permission of Anthony Barrett, Vancouver.
Alma Rattenbury leaving court after her
acquittal. She was distraught when she
heard Stoner had received the
death sentence and committed suicide.
Three Arches, where Alma committed suicide.
Following Alma's suicide, Stoner received a
reprieve from the death sentence. He would live after all.
He went on
to serve seven years before being let out of prison to fight in World
Francis Rattenbury as Reeve
of Oak Bay, Victoria, circa 1910
Oak Bay Archives
Francis Rattenbury was found bludgeoned
by a hammer. His wife Alma initially
confessed and was tried for his
murder but she was acquitted as her lover,
18-year-old Geroge Stoner,
was found guilt.
George Percy Stoner biography