23 July 1886 – Lincoln Sprole

The adage that it’s always the quiet ones may never have rang more true than in the case of Lincoln Sprole.

He really lost it after he was tipped over the edge by belligerent neighbours. Sprole snapped and committed double murder.

A petty argument soon escalated out of control after he and a mate had a run in with a neighbouring family – namely Benjamin and Alexander Clark, who were father and son.

There was a shoot-out and the father and son were fatally wounded. Benjamin died that day, but, despite sticking it out for over two weeks, the younger boy finally succumbed to his injuries.

Sprole was sentenced twice for the two murders and was hanged on this day along with Calvin James.

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