Not much is
known about Sangret, other than he was a mixed race man,
Canadian/French and native American., he was not
educated and found getting work difficult. He had a
previous conviction for assault and after joining the
army in 1935 at the age of 22, he spent much time being
punished for disagreeing with army discipline.
Sangret was transferred to England, and initially
at Fleret in Hampshire, before being transferred to
Aldershot, This is where he met Joan Wolfe.
Joan Wolfe was
know to the police she had had many relationships with
soldiers, and made a name s a bit of a trouble maker,
she had been engaged to various soldiers at different
1942, Joan Wolfe met Sangret in a pub in Godalming,
they had drinks, later had sex, and parted company. They
met again on numerous occasions.
his Native American knowledge, built a wigwam tent round
the back of the barracks, and Wolfe moved in, he would
sneak off to see her as much as he could, even when he
was supposed to be in camp.
At one stage
they were discovered by military police, and the wigwam
was taken down, this did not stop Sangret who built
another wigwam elsewhere. The couple continued seeing
each other at the wigwam or at rooms in local towns.
September 1942, Joan Wolfe disappears.
October 1942, Military police discovered a partly
covered woman's body in a shallow grove at Hankley
Commonn near Elstead, Surrey, used as a military
training ground, the police were called.
was the pathologist, he concluded that the victim had
been stabbed with a knife many times, when she was
laying face down she was hit on the back of the had by a
large heavy object..
After a search
of the area that turned up bits of skull, clothing and
her bag, including a letter written to Sangret telling
him she was pregnant, police realised they were looking
at the body of Joan Wolfe, and that the suspect was
found a birch stake which matched the size of a missing
piece of skull, and would later show as having Wolfe's
blood on it.
arrested, bloodstains were found on clothes and his army
knife with blood on it was found in a drainpipe.
He was taken
to Godalming police station, where he gave a statement,
so long that it took a policeman five days to write it
January 1943, The jury at Guildford Crown Court
took two hours to find Sangret guilty, although they did
give as recommendation for mercy. The judge declined and
sentenced Sangret to death.
1943, Sangret appealed to the Home Secretary, who
rejected the appeal.
1943 Sangret was hanged at Wandsworth prison by
executioner Albert Pierrepoint.
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