Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (30/Dec/1891) - The Linthwaite Murder: Stockwell and his Relations

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James Stockwell, the Linthwaite murderer, who is now in Armley Gaol awaiting execution for the murder of the servant girl Catherine Dennis, has been visited by several of his relations. The interview took place a few days ago, and was brief. Stockwell was very much affected at the parting. He has been informed of the efforts that are being made in Hudderstield to obtain a respite for him, and at the interview with his friends he expressed his thanks to all those who have given their assistance in this direction. He has also dictated a letter, which was written by one of the prison officials, and, at the culprit's request, this has been sent to one of his intimate friends. No reply to the memorial for a reprieve has yet been received from the Home Office, and in the meantime Stockwell is receiving daily the ministrations of the prison chaplain (the Rev. Dr. Bolan). Stockwell takes daily exercise in the prison yard. He eats and sleeps well, and is never left alone, two warders being in attendant upon him night and day. In the event of an unfavourable reply to the memorial being received, the culprit, as stated on Monday, will be executed next Tuesday, in the same building as that in which Walter Lewis Turner, the Horsforth murderer, was hanged on the 18th of August last. Billington, of Bolton, will be the executioner.