Archive for Housebreaking

24 August 1821 – William Bird

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged with tags , , on August 24 by Last Writes

William Bird was hanged on this day in 1822 for stealing.

Bird was cooped up after he was found guilty of housebreaking, which was the crime of forcing your way into a house usually during the day, normally in order to rob people. Burglary was the night-time equivalent both in England and parts of 17th-century United States, according to the Oxford English Dictionary and ‘Crime and Punishment in Early Maryland’ by Raphael Semmes.

As a result of his offence, Bird was found guilty and hanged at Worcester.

Also on this day

24 August 1822 – James Smith
24 August 1822 – Henry Durrant
24 August 1827 – George Champion

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