Execution of the Day – 2009 (part 48)
26 November 1913 – Augustus Penny
Augustus Penny shot his mother in a drunken rage after she willed her house and assets to her eldest son. After 12 years at sea for the Navy, second-born Penny came home to the New Forest where he then looked after his mother and elder brother.
27 November 1913 – Frederick Robertson
Frederick Robertson’s neck was slung in a noose for murder in 1913. The 26-year-old was hanged at Pentonville prison for the double murder of his relatives Nellie and Beatrice Robertson.
28 November 1950 – James Corbitt
James Corbitt was one of Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint’s hangings at Strangeways in 1950. Corbitt had killed his girlfriend, Eliza Wood, in a hotel room in Ashton-under-Lyne. But he was also one of Pierrepoint’s punters at the hangman’s own pub in Oldham.
29 November 1326 – Hugh Le Despenser
Strongly rumoured to have been the bisexual lover of Edward II, Hugh Le Despenser the Younger was strung up today in an execution fraught with animosity.
30 November 1903 – Bernard White
Bernard White was hanged at Chelmsford for the murder of a former sweetheart. He’d met Maud Garrett before he was posted to South Africa. On his return he found that she was engaged to another soldier. Garrett was found murdered shortly after.
1 December 1915 – John Thornley
John Thornley was found guilty of the crime of slitting his ex-fiancée’s throat after she called off their engagement.
2 December 1948 – Sam Shockley
Sam Shockley was gassed at the infamous San Quentin for murder and for aiding and abetting a prison break.