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Louisa Merrifield

 


Name:

Louisa May Merrifield

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

1907
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

14th April 1953

Kill Place:

Blackpool

Status:

Married

Occupation:

Servant

Victim:

Sarah Ricketts
D.O.B. 1866

 


 

Court:

Manchester Assizes

Judge:

 

Prosecution:

 

Defence:

 

 


 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

12th March 1953, Louisa and her third husband Alfred took job's as domestic servants for the 87 year old spinster, Sarah Ricketts, It would seem that Louisa, who had already served time for fraud had no intention of working too hard for her new employer. Mrs. Ricketts owned a very nice bungalow in Blackpool, and Louisa was heard saying that she was to inherit a bungalow.

 

9th April 1953, Louisa asked a local doctor to certify Mrs Ricketts was of sound mind. This he did, Louisa administered rat poison to her beloved jam.

 

14th April 1953, Mrs Ricketts was found dead, suspicion was on the Merrifield's and a post mortem was done, The rat poison Rodine was found in her system, the couple were duly arrested.

 

20th July 1953, At Manchester Assizes Louisa was found guilty, husband Alfred was acquitted due to lack of evidence. He was released and inherited a half-share in the late Mrs. Ricketts' bungalow. He died, aged 80, in 1962.

 

Friday 18th September 1953, Louisa was hanged, the last woman ever to be hanged at Manchester's Strangeways prison, by executioner Albert Pierrepoint.

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