John Henry George Lee was a servant in the home of Miss Emma. One day, she was found dead, her throat had been slashed and her house was burned. John was convicted and sentenced to hang on Feb 23, 1885 at Exeter Prison. On the day John was brought out of his cell and taken to the place of execution, the trap door jammed, not once but three times! Amid the confusion John was returned to his cell and a few days later his sentence was changed to life imprisonment .