27 July 1920 – Arthur Goslett

When a polygamist amasses marriages, it stands to reason he’s not bothered about finding legal ways to get shot of extraneous wives.

Murder most foul

The man in question was Arthur Andrew Goslett, who was strung up for his foul methods.

That Goslett was keener on some of his spouses than others was apparent, as the unfortunate Evelyn Goslett found out. Her body was found in the River Brent, in north London.

Naturally the blame fell squarely at Goslett’s door and he was soon taken in to explain himself.

Spy suspect

Funnily enough, the engineer was already known to the fuzz. The South African had not long been accused of spying during World War I, which he’d hotly denied. However, eventually Goslett had been let off.

Similarly, he tried the same tack with the murder charge. Indeed, Goslett was to deny it a number of times during a series of statements, but his story began to unravel. Each version started to differ slightly, and the suspicious inconsistencies meant that he was had up for trial at the Old Bailey.

There, Goslett was unable to prove his innocence and the 44-year-old was sentenced to death.

John Ellis did the honours at Pentonville gallows on this day in 1920.

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