20 January 1773 – William Griffiths

Highwayman William Griffiths was hanged for targeting a man who was to turn criminal himself.

Petty theft

Griffiths was hanged at Tyburn for stealing two guineas and some pieces of silver. The crime took place on Tottenham Court Road, in London, and Griffiths’s victim was Reverend Dr Dodd.

Little did he know that Dodd was to be hanged at Tyburn as well, just four years later for forgery.

Also on this day

20 January 1823 – Giles East

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