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Name:

Harold Jones

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

1906
Kill Total: 2

Kill date:

1921

Kill Place:

Abertillery, Wales

Status:

Single

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Victim:

Freda Burnell - 8

Florence Little - 11

 


 

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FACTFILE

 

February 1921, 8 year old Freda Burnell was abducted from her home in Abertillery, Wales, she was found raped and strangled the next morning, in the outhouse behind a local shop.

 

23rd June 1921, Jones was always a suspect, and he was taken to trial at Monmouth Assizes  but with little evidence he was found not guilty after a 4 day trial and released.

 

8th July 1921,, 11 year old Florence Little disappeared from her home. Police and local residents  launched a house to house search through Abertillery, they even searched the surrounding mountains.

At the Jones house, officers found a trapdoor leading from Harold's bedroom into the attic, there they discovered the body of Florence Little,, her throat slashed from ear to ear.

 

22nd July 1921, Jones was charged with murder.

 

November 1921, In custody Jones confessed to both murders.

In court a magistrate handed down the maximum sentence possible for Jones a he was only 16 years old, h was ordered to be detained 'at his Majesty's Pleasure'.

 

December 1941, Aged 35,Jones was released from jail in Wandsworth, London.

 

Harold Jones died from cancer in 1971, aged 65, he was buried in Hammersmith cemetery in West London.

 

Some people believe that Jones is guilty of other crimes, these include the murder of  Muriel Drinkwater  in 1946, the 12 year old was found dumped in woodland near Swansea.

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