Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY
HANDSOME Josiah Lilly probably felt the rope round his neck when a burly sergeant banged on his door. The evidence was damning. The body of Lilly's sweetheart, Harriet Wright, had been discovered in a nearby cut, with Lilly's hat floating nearby.
A sodden note found in her pocket, asking the pretty 23-yearold for cash, had been penned by him.
What's more, on the fateful night - May 7, 1840 - the couple had been seen publicly squabbling over a bonnet and shawl quick-tempered Harriet had accused her boyfriend of stealing. And in the days before the killing, Lilly had confided to a friend: "I will hang for her before the week is out."…