England · Newspaper clippings

Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder

January 2, 1953 London, England John James Alcott (22) is hanged for murder Alcott had nearly been executed a few years before his hanging. In 1949, at the age of 17, Alcott was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He claimed he was traveling with another man when the pair came across a lodging… Continue reading Man who avoided execution once is hanged for murder

England · Female Killers

Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

May 11, 1744 London, England Lydia Adler fatally stomps her husband’s groin after an argument with another of his wives On May 11, Lydia later testified, she and one of John Adler’s other wives got into an argument. Both women insisted they were the man’s lawful wife. The other woman slapped Lydia across the face… Continue reading Woman fatally stomps husband’s groin after argument with another wife

England · Female Killers

Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

December 29, 1856 Walworth, London, England Martha Bacon kills her two young children and cuts her own throat Martha had recently been released from a mental hospital, placed there following accusing her husband of murdering his mother. While Martha’s husband Thomas was out of town, Martha’s aunt Harriet Payne sent her daughter to check on… Continue reading Woman kills two young children, cuts own throat

England · Executions · Female Killers

Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

December 29, 1903 England Lovers Emily Swann and John Gallagher are executed for the murder of Swann’s husband Emily was married to William Swann who was known in the community to be in the habit of beating his wife. On June 6, William hit Emily enough to give her two black eyes which she initially… Continue reading Couple hanged for beating death of woman’s husband

England

Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

December 28, 1811 Clerkenwell, London, England Suspected murderer John Williams is found hanged in his cell Williams, alias John Murphy, was suspected of killing seven in two separate attacks. The first, carried out December 7, 1811, involved the murders of Timothy and Celia Marr, their 14-week-old son, and apprentice James Gowan in the Marrs’ shop.… Continue reading Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide