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'Buller' Staciden Charged


'Buller' Staciden Charged ACCUSED ATTEMPTS SUICIDE. WELSH EX-INTERNATIONAL'S CAREER. A terrible tragedy has marred the Christmas festivities at Dewsbury, a young wife having been murdered and the husband having attempted suicide. The man concerned is Wm. James Wood Stadden, and he is very well known among Welsh circles as the once- famous Cardiff football playei and Welsh Inter- national Stadden—or Buller" Stadden as he was ^familiarly known—kept a grocer's shop with an at 17, Waketield-road. Dewsburv, £ nd liv0d there with his wife .tad five children, the ddest of whom in not moie than 12 years of age. It is supposed that Mrs Stadden was strangled in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and that afterwards her husband tried to end his life by cutting his throat. Failing to accomplish this object he walked to the police station and confessed he had mur- dered his wife. Surrendered to the Polica. The story related by the police is that about six o'clock 011 Wednesday morning Stadden, looking very dejected, wa'ked into the station and said J o! (meaning the constable on "duty), ( have come to give myself up. I have done it." "Done what?" was the reply. Stadden then handed the officer the key of his house, and pointed in thedirection of his home. His face at that time was covered with blood, and investigation showed that he had two wounds in the throat. Assistance was obtained, and while the oiiicers were bandaging the wounds Stadden exclaimed, I have killed my wife." He was conveyed to the Dewsbury In- firmary, and at seven o'clock on Wednesday flight was reported to be in an extremely critical condition and had not regained con- sciousness. 0 Discovery of the Body. A sorrowful sight awaited the police when they entered Stadden's house. They first went into the living room immediately behind the shop. Hereon the heartluug was a quantity of blood, and near by wa lying a butcher's knife. Going upstairs they entered Stadden's bedroom on the second storey. Stretched out full length on the floor at the foot of the bed was Mrs Staciden, whose Chris- tian name was Edith, and whose age was 38 y.-ars. was in her nightdress and was lying on her back with her arms close to he ■ Side. The body was quite cold, and it was evident she had been dead a few hours. There Was a mark on each side of her throat, and the carpet round about her was slightly dis- arranged. These circmustances the officers naturally concluded point to the woman been strangled after a struggle. Bhe could not, however, have made much ,noisc, for sleeping in the house were also the five children, and iu a bedroom on the third storey was a lodger named Evans—also a Welsh football player. These had not been awakened when the police arrived. The lodger retired to bed about 11 o'clock onTuesday night, and when the police knocked at his door he re- plied. "All right," thinking someone iu the house was knocking him up in the ordinary course. In the room where Mrs S'taddcn was found there was blood on one of the pillows. The door knob of the bedroom was also smeared with blood, while the kitchen door knob was in a similar condition. It is thought that after Mrs Stadden's death the husband went down Into the kitchen and having cut his own throat returned to the bedroom and lay on the bed. Later, however, he seems to have got up, gone down to the kitchen and subsequently to have silently left the house. The precise time thi.3 occurred is not known, but it is evident he did not go straight to the police s1.:1tion, for just about si o'clock yester- day morning Stadden was seen by a friend walking in the direction of the market. He must therefore have walked past the Town Ball and across the Market-Dlace. Stadden is spoken of as a good husband and a kind father, and had the reputation of being a hard worker,not only assisting in the manage- ment of the shop, but being employed most of the day at a rag warehouse. He accompanied his wife to Crown Flatts on Christmas Day to Bee the match between Dewsbury and Wake- field Trinifiy. and they seemed to bo on the happiest terms. He had played Santa, Claus right fatherly the previous night by filling his children's stockings with good things. Amongst other gifts he put into those stockings were three Prayer Books, in which Stadden had written A present from father." Lodger Heard no Sound. In the course of an interview Evans, the Siodger, said he did not hear of the tragic affair- Lpntil a policeman knocked at bis bedroom and temporised him of what had occurred. The police- man had dillicuky in ilncLnj: him, as be had to enter his bedroom by different steps from those which Stadden and his wife used, and he slept at the top of the building. Evans heard nothing during the night fxcept at 12.30, (when he noticed an unusual sound,but took no (notice of it as it was Christmas time. | After Stadden returned from the football \natch he remained in the shop until 10 o'clock. His wife returned home half an hour later. The live children were taken to the house of deceased's brother a short distance from the No one appears to know any re^ason why the crime should have been committed, but oniei Constable Shore informed a Tress representa- tive yesterday afternoon that he had every reason to believe that he will be aùJe to put iiuch evidence forward at the coroner s inquest as will throw some light on the motive ol the crime. A sudden fit of jealousy is thought to have been the cause. It is scarcely likely that Stadden will re- cover. It has been found accessary to insert a silver tube in his throat to facilitate breathing.


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