1930, Dr Buktyar
Rustomi started his own Surgery, along with his wife
Isabella, at Dalton Square in Lancaster, changing his
name to Buck Ruxton to be more accepted by the locals.
Isabella was a socialite and very popular in the
Lancaster set. Ruxton was a quiet man and jealous of his
wife's popularity. He also suspected and accused her of
having affairs, she rejected this, there never was any
Ruxton and Isabella had a row in the front room, he
accused her of having an affair, he strangled her with
his bare hands Unfortunately for her the Ruxton's
employed a maid, Mary Rogerson, she witnessed the whole
thing, and in Ruxton's eyes also had to die.
Ruxton had to get rid of 2
bodies, He dismembered the bodies, wrapping body parts
in newspaper and dumping them over a 100 mile radius of
for him one of the newspapers he used was a subscription
only paper, the investigating officers were suddenly
presented with a list of potential suspects to work
through. He dumped many of the body parts in the
SDcotish borders area, and on his way home hit a man on
his bicycle near the town of Kendal. He drove off, the
man made a note of the registration number, and called
police. Police went to talk to Ruxton about the
incident, and also about the disappearance of his maid,
who had been reported missing by her mother.
were identified using the new technologies of
fingerprint identification, and forensic entomology,
where the age of maggots can be used to work out such
things as the date of death. This was one of the first
cases in legal history in the UK to successfully use
these new technologies.
13th October 1935,
at 7:20am Ruxton was arrested and charged with the
murder of Mary Rogerson.
5th November 1935,
He was further charged with the murder of his wife
2nd March 1936, The
murder trial of Buck Ruxton starts at
13th March 1936
The jury returned a verdict of 'guilty. The trial judge
Mr Justice Singleton sentenced him to death.
27th April 1936,
There was a petition appealing for clemency, this was
rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeals.
12th May 1936,
Ruxton was hanged at Strangways prison in Manchester.
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