The Halifax Slasher
Timeline

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  • 21st November 1938
    Lister Lane, Halifax
    21 year old Mary Sutcliffe finished her shift at Mackintosh's toffee factory and was heading back home rather late - around 10.10pm.As she crossed Lister Lane, a strange man leapt out from underneath a street light with his hand raised. Sutcliffe raised her arm in an instinctive defensive gesture to...
    Lister Lane, Halifax: in depth
  • 24th November 1938
    Jasper Street, Halifax
    The caretaker of St. Andrew's Methodist Church, the splendidly named Clayton Aspinall was watching out for latecomers to an evening meeting when a young man ran out of adjacent Arundel Street. Aspinall stepped back out the man's way but the man struck him on the head. Raising his arms to protect him...
    Jasper Street, Halifax: in depth
  • 25th November 1938
    Green Lane, Halifax
    Minutes after Percy Waddington's self-inflicted 'attack' a similarly bizarre event occurred on Green Lane (which no longer exists). Hilda Lodge, leaving her house to get some vinegar to go with her chips, was terrified to see an arm reaching around a wall towards her.She ran to her neighbour's house...
    Green Lane, Halifax: in depth
  • 25th November 1938
    Elland Lane, Elland
    On the night of the 25th November - the 'Slasher' was alleged to have struck 3 times in rapid succession. Annie Canon reported being assailed shortly after 6pm, and Alice McDonald around half an hour later in nearby Ovenden.But it was in Elland where the Slasher legend was to see the next stage of i...
    Elland Lane, Elland: in depth
  • 27th November 1938
    Bedford Street North, Halifax
    By now, the 'Slasher' hysteria had taken hold of Halifax, despite the doubtful nature of at least 2 of the previous attacks. On Saturday the 26th attacks had been reported in Huddersfield and two other locations in Halifax (Aspinall Street and the Caddy Fields).On the 27th, 19 year old Beatrice Sorr...
    Bedford Street North, Halifax: in depth
  • 29th November 1938
    Crib Lane, Halifax
    What would turn out to the final 'Slasher' attack occurred on the 29th of November - an eventful night.First, Mary Sutcliffe - the first of the Slasher's victims reported a second attack. Then another woman reported being attacked near a church in the early evening. Finally, near the Dean Clough car...
    Crib Lane, Halifax: in depth

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