She ran to her neighbour's house where minor injuries rapidly became apparent. Word of the outrage soon spread among the locality and a 100 strong mob arrived on the scene and began attacking one Cliff Edwards, entirely innocent of any wrongdoing and only coincidentally in the area. Fortunately for Mr. Edwards, 3 police officers overheard the hullabaloo and arrived in time to drag him away from a crowd shouting "break his fucking neck."
Under a week later, Mrs. Lodge would confess to faking the attack. She had long suffered from 'bad nerves' (which today we would probably describe as a form of depression) and inspired by tales of the Slasher had peremptorily decided to cut herself - possibly to gain attention. She received a 4 week sentence for her impulsive act of self harm and the disturbance it had caused.