In February 1921, eight-year-old Freda Burnell was abducted from her home at Abertillery, Wales, found raped and strangled next morning, in the outhouse behind a local shop. Suspicion focused on 15-year-old Harold Jones, an employee at the shop, and he was finally charged with the murder, acquitted by jurors on June 23 after a long and controversial trial. Many locals still believed Jones was guilty, and their suspicions were born out in early July. On July 8, 11-year-old Florence Little disappeared from her home, and searchers launched a house-to-house sweep through Abertillery two days later, when no trace of the girl could be found in the surrounding mountains. At the Jones residence, officers found a trapdoor leading from Harold's bedroom into the attic, and there they discovered his latest victim , her throat slashed from ear to ear. A measure of confusion was added to the case on July 14, with the arrival of a semi-literate note, allegedly penned by the killer. Signing himself "Duffy," the author described himself as a 46-year-old Irishman active in the militant Sinn Fein movement. "I think it very right," he wrote, "to kill all I can of England lad and girls." Dismissing the letter as a hoax, authorities indicted Harold Jones for murder on July 22. In November, based upon Jones's confession to both murders, a magistrate imposed the maximum possible sentence for killers under sixteen, ordering that Jones be "detained during his Majesty's pleasure."