28 December 1903 – Emily Swann
Emily Swann was hanged at 8am together with her lover for the murder of her husband William.
Her husband was a violent man given to beating Swann. At the end of her tether, Swann showed his latest handiwork to her toy-boy lover John Gallagher (30), who was overheard vowing to get even with him.
Bird of prey
William Swann was found beaten to death. As a glassblower, a respected profession, Swann’s drunken violence was overlooked as a means of provocation. And, instead they pinned the blame on Emily saying she ‘was much more to blame than her husband was’.
Steeled by a glass of brandy, her last words before they put the hood over her were ‘Goodbye. God bless you’. She and her lover died instantaneously. She was 42.