North-Eastern Daily Gazette (16/Sep/1891) - The Sanity of the Linthwaite Murderer

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The theory of the insanity of James Stockwell, set up by his brother, has been supported by statements made to his solicitor, Mr. J. Lewis Sykes, of Huddersfield, by the prisoner's mother and father.

Mrs Stockwell, the mother, says :— "When my seventh child was five or six months old, I had to go to Wakefield Asylum, where I was kept seven months. My eldest daughter, Mary Emma, has been insane for four years at least, and was two years at home before going to Wadsley, where she remained 13 months ; she is at home now, and has been for 12 months. She is not right yet, but is manageable. My mother, Harriet Haigh, died in Wadsley Asylum."

Mark Stockwell, the prisoner's father, states :— "My brother, John Stockwell, died in Wadsley Asylum. He was a native of Huddersfield, and owned the Prime Hotel at that time. My brother, George Stockwell, went low in his mind, and committed suicide by cutting his throat."

Yesterday, at the County Police Court, Huddersfield, Mrs Margaret Brook, widow, the landlady of the Ivy Hotel, Linthwaite, where the girl Catherine Dennis, who was murdered, was servant, applied for the license to be transferred to Mr William Heys, collector of highway rates for the Linthwaite Local Board. Superintendent Pickard said he had no objection.

The magistrates granted the transfer.