Broadmoor, John Edward Allen, assistant chef, Lamb Hotel, Burford
In 1937, John Edward Allen was a 25-year-old assistant chef working at the Lamb Hotel in Burford, Oxfordshire. He had been befriended by the Woodward family and often used to take their 17-month-old daughter, Kathleen, for a walk. He took her for such a walk on 21st October but he strangled the child with a clothes line and dumped the body at the side of a road.He was arrested a couple of days later when he surrendered to police.On 6th November 1937 he was found guilty but insane and was sent to Broadmoor. In 1947 he escaped dressed as a cleric and was at large for two years. The popular press dubbed him 'The Mad Parson.' .He was released from Broadmoor on 18th September 1951.
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