When arrested she was still wearing Mrs Thomas's clothes and jewellery.
Whoâs the villain in this piece? She recanted on 28 July, the night before she was due to be executed, making a further statement in which she took sole responsibility and exonerated Church, Porter and Strong of any involvement.
By the time the removal vans arrived on 18 March, the neighbours were becoming increasingly suspicious as they had not seen Thomas for nearly two weeks.
In 1873 she settled at Rose Gardens in London's Hammersmith area.
In fact, there is something elemental about James that incites such excitable descriptions of her performances as âdelightfulâ, âlovableâ, âkindâ, âfizzyâ and âopen-heartedâ.