13 June 1810 – Richard Jones & Melinda Mapson

Here’s an unusual one. Richard Jones was done for pretending to be someone else.

The 34-year-old was imprisoned at Newgate and hanged for impersonation. Luckily for Rory Bremner, it’s no longer a criminal offence…

And today was a busy day on the scaffold.

Alongside the pretend Dick, we found Melinda Mapson – the only female prisoner at Newgate to swing in 1810 for her crime.

A servant, Mapson was sentenced to death for stealing from her employer. Her execution took place near Debtors’ Door on this day, when she was 30 years old.

Also on this day

13 June 1812 – James Smith et al

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