1942~Sept. 21, 1946
4 yrs. old
Mrs. Frances Dale gave her lively four-year-old daughter Norma Dale, 4, a rice cake as she dashed in from playing at 2.40 p.m., then dashed out again. Twenty minutes later Mrs. Dale got changed to go out, and went into the street to call Norma. There was no reply, nor was there any sign of the little girl. That was on Saturday, Sept. 21, 1946, and for the rest of that day and night the search for little Norma went on, gradually expanding to take in most of the residents of the Tang Hall district in York. It came to a tragic end the next morning when an 11-year-old boy discovered her body on wasteland. She had been manually strangled but there was no evidence of sexual interference. It was clear that she had been killed elsewhere and that her body was dumped on the wasteland only an hour or so before it was found.