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23 December 1890 – Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged with tags , , , on December 23 by Old Sparky

Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey

Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey

Mary Eleanor Wheeler Pearcey hanged for the murder of her lover’s wife and baby.

A known depressive and a drinker, Pearcey was tried and convicted of fracturing Phoebe Hogg’s skull and near decapitating her, as well as smothering her child.

Pearcey, who’d taken her surname for an ex-lover, John Charles Pearcey, was hanged in 1890, aged 24.

But she proved to be her father’s daughter by following in his footsteps. He’d been hanged in St Albans for murdering a farmer 10 years previously.

Fall girl?

On her last night she instructed her solicitor to run a personal ad in a Madrid newspaper ‘mecp last wish of mew, have not betrayed mew’. Pearcey took the meaning of that message to her grave.

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