Yorkshire Herald (10/Sep/1891) - The Huddersfield Murder

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The following particulars are given of the wanderings of James Stockwell, arrested on the chaise of murdering the girl, Catherine Dennis, at the Ivy Hotel, Linthwaite. After the murder, "Stockwell appears to have been seen going in the direction of Crosland Hill on the Saturday morning, and he was seen at about half-past five on that morning by a person named Charles Brook, who had gone out for an early shooting. Prisoner seems to have rambled about Crosland Hill and Crosland Moor, and later on he went to Honley Wood and hid there. He appears to have been seen there by a man named Heap, and then he doubled round to Crosland Moor again, and he has been sleeping on haystacks on farms about. Three times over, while on one of the haystacks, he felt that he on the point of being captured — this was on a farm at Crosland Moor, near the Crosland Moor football ground, belonging to Mr. Brook Hanson, — and the man came so near where he was concealed on the top of the haystack that he had to hold his hand over his mouth to prevent himself coughing. He has gone about from farm to farm, and has lain concealed as well as he could, and it is believed that he has stated that during the whole of his ramblings he has been seen by only two men — those already named. He has suffered not merely physical but mental agony as well, and for three days his heart was filled with intense remorse, and he wept almost continuously during the time. He has at times been sorely distressed, and could not get food to nourish him. He became so weak that he could scarcely walk or lift his hands to cool his face with the water from the wayside pools with which he met in his journeyings on the moor. Stockwell admits that he knew the police were searching for him, and was within a few yards of them many times, but he was under the stacks each time when they were so close on him, and in such a position that he could not be observed. Not merely the police but civilians have been near him times without number almost, but he has managed to elude them until hunger compelled him to go home to his mother's house at Paddock."