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6 February 1934 – Ernest Brown

Posted in Hanged with tags , , , on February 6 by Old Sparky

It was Ernest Brown’s turn on this day in 1934.

The 35-year-old was scaffold-bound for killing a rich cattle farmer, by the name of Frederick Ellison Morton.

Wicked ways

Brown’s motive was obvious. While he worked for Morton, he was concurrently having it away with Morton’s wife Dorothy. One day the illicit couple rowed, Brown hit her and disappeared off.

Not long after, Dorothy heard a shot being fired. With the phone dead and being scared for her life, Dorothy and a friend locked themselves away in her bedroom.


There was an explosion at about 3:30am and the garage caught alight. It raged for a while and emergency services were finally able to gain access six hours later, where they found Morton’s corpse. He’d be shot in the chest.

Brown was arrested and put on trial for the murder where he was found guilty and sentenced to death. His execution was carried out at Armley Gaol, in Leeds, by Thomas Pierrepoint.

Also on this day

6 February 2003 – Henry Earl Dunn, Jr
6 February 1740 – Elizabeth Winchley

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