20 December 1876 – John Green

Nine children were left orphaned after their father John Green was executed for shooting their mother.

Green, a 41-year-old painter, shot his wife Emma dead at their home at Leicester on 21 August. They had lived unhappily together due to Green being an alcoholic.

On the day of the murder, he told a colleague as they clocked off work that this would be his last day. Immediately after arriving home he walked into the house and shot his wife in the neck. She died in hospital later that night, leaving a family of nine children.

The prosecution easily proved that it was premeditated murder and he was convicted. He was hanged by William Marwood on 20 December 1876 in Leicester.

Also on this day

20 December 1945 – James McNicol
20 December 1912 – William Wallace Galbraith

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