5 November 1907 – William Austin

The lodger from hell, William George Charles Austin was hanged today in 1907 after he repaid his landlord’s hospitality by killing his daughter.

Austin was sentenced to death for killing 13-year-old Unity Anne Butler who was the daughter of the family he was staying with Windsor.

She’d been strangled and suffocated under Austin’s mattress. He was thrown into Berkshire Assizes and sent to the gallows in Reading by prolific hangman duo Henry and Thomas Pierrepoint.

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