British Executions

Edgar Edwards

Age: 44

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 3 Mar 1903

Crime Location: 22 Wyndham Road, Camberwell

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


Edgar Edwards was convicted of the murder of John William Darby 26, Beatrice Darby 25 and Ethel Darby 10 months.

He killed them on 29 November 1902 after visiting them on the pretence of buying their grocery store. He beat John Darby and Beatrice Darby with a piece of iron and then strangled Ethel Darby.

After he locked their bodies in a room and then arranged for some people to run the shop for him. Then he moved the bodies from Wyndham Road to a property on Church Road, Leyton where he buried them in the garden.

He was later caught when he tried to repeat the process on another grocer who he arranged to meet at Church Road in order to purchase his business. After Edgar Edwards and the second grocer had discussed their business and the second grocer was about to leave Edgar Edwards hit him with the piece of iron but the second grocer managed to get away.

When the police arrived at Church Road Edgar Edwards said that he had been assault first by the second grocer and had been defending himself.

When the police investigated the assault on the second grocer they found blood on two pieces of iron when only one had been used in the assault and pawn tickets and eventually the bodies buried in the garden.

The bodies of John Darby and Beatrice Darby had been dismembered.

The piece of iron that had been used was a window sash weight.

see Murderpedia

see Execution Of The Day

see Bruce Herald, Rōrahi XXXIX, Putanga 148, 30 Pipiri 1903, Page 6

see National Archives - HO 144/542/A53222

see Pageant Of Murder by TCH Jacobs p15-24

see Leeds Mercury - Thursday 15 January 1903