7 April 1995 – Nicholas Ingram

Nicholas Ingram

Conservative Prime Minister John Major might have been able to save a British citizen’s life had he stepped in, but he kept quiet leaving Nicholas Ingram to his fate in Georgia.

Ingram was the first Brit to be executed since 1936 and the first ever to die in the electric chair after he was sentenced to death for killing J C Sawyer and injuring his wife, Eunice during a robbery. The pair were tied to a tree and threatened with a shotgun before Ingram finally pulled the trigger.

Ingram was convicted of the murders and spent 12 years on death row where there were many notable pleas for clemency including one from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the governor of Georgia.

A last minute stay of execution on the night he was supposed to die was quickly overturned and he was electrocuted on this day in 1995, aged 31.

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