Elias Torr was a farmer
with a violent addiction to drink, and his family were
constantly afraid of him. They lived in a farmhouse beside
the main Nottingham to Melton railway line. At the end of
April 1899 there was a fierce family quarrel after which
his wife and daughter went to stay with a neighbouring
Torr went to the farm to
try and calm his family but was refused entry. In a mad
rage. he broke the door down with the butt of his gun and
as his family fled through a back door, he opened fire and
fatally wounded his daughter Margaret.
Torr was convicted at
Nottingham Assizes of the murder of his eldest daughter.
Margaret Ann who was 21 years old, and hanged by James and
William Billington at Nottingham prison on the 9th August
1899, he was 52 years old.