By Alison Bruce
James Billington, previously a pub entertainer after which a barber, were single-minded in his selection to safe the put up of executioner for London and the house Counties. yet did he feel he was once essentially a gain to society and justice, or have been his purposes for in need of this place extra own? 3 of his sons, Thomas, William and John, in his footsteps and jointly the kin have been answerable for 235 executions in nice Britain among 1884 and 1905. Billington: Victorian Executioner offers an entire account of the tales at the back of James Billington's 151 executions, in addition to introducing the reader to the true guy at the back of the rope. This interesting biography is a thrilling addition to any precise crime bookshelf.
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After some debate the judge decided that they should be first tried with being accessories and if found guilty they could subsequently be tried for murder. Mr Mellor persuaded the judge that the prisoners should be tried separately, and Ann Turner was tried first on a charge ‘that she did feloniously receive, harbour, maintain and assist the murder and removal of the body’. That Ann Turner knew that there was a body, firstly in her house and secondly in the trunk that she and Walter were moving, was never disputed.
Undeterred, Billington contacted the prison authorities and was invited to York to outline his method. Despite Berry being a Yorkshire man and holding the position as the Home Office’s principal executioner, Billington successfully convinced the authorities that he should be appointed as executioner for Yorkshire. When the morning of Laycock’s execution dawned, it was the opportunity Billington had sought since childhood and he would have been determined to see nothing go awry. The Industrial Revolution was the backdrop to James Billington’s formative years.
In light of her giving birth in 1900 it seems more likely that she was born in 1860 than 1856. On 15 December 1891, and with his home life settled once again, James Billington made his first visit to Shepton Mallet Gaol. His engagement was the execution of thirty-five-year-old Henry Dainton. Dainton and his wife Hannah lived in Avon Street, Bath with their six children, Alfred, Charles, George, Elizabeth, Edward and Ellen. Alfred and Hannah’s relationship had always been tempestuous; he had been fined for assaulting her in April 1891, briefly sent to prison for the same offence in August and released again on 3 September.
Billington. Victorian Executioner by Alison Bruce