Jane worked as the nanny of May Norton while her father, William, was fighting in the army in World War II. She was able to watch over May during the day; however, May stayed home alone at night, possibly due to May's responsible and independent nature, or because Jane was unable to stay with her at night for unknown reasons.
Christmas Day, 1942: Pall Mall - May Norton, aged 12, was found murdered in
Norton's The Tailor. She was discovered by Norton family nanny Jane Stride,
who returned home to find the victim unconscious, bleeding from the head. An
autopsy has revealed that it was an instantaneous death, caused by a blow to
the skull with a heavy, blunt object. No suspects have been named.