British Executions

William Joseph Tuffen

Age: 23

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 11 Aug 1903

Crime Location: 12 Alexandra Road, Thames Ditton

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: Henry Pierrepoint


William Tuffin and Mary Stone were convicted of the murder of William Tuffin's wife Caroline Tuffin and sentenced to death.

William Tuffin was executed but Mary Stone was reprieved.

William Tuffin and Caroline Tuffin had been married two years earlier and had gone to live at 12 Alexandra Road, Thames Ditton. However William Tuffin had started to see Mary Stone and she too went to live at 12 Alexandra Road with William Tuffin and Caroline Tuffin. Later on William Tuffin and Mary Stone beat Caroline Tuffin to death and kept her death a secret.

After the murder William Tuffin told Caroline Tuffin's brother that Caroline Tuffin had died naturally and was buried in Thames Ditton Churchyard but after he failed to keep his promise to show him where in the churchyard she was buried the brother went with the police to 12 Alexandra Road were they discovered the mutilated body of Caroline Tuffin who was hidden in a locked room with a bloody hammer and hatchet.

After the murder the court heard that William Tuffin had told people that Mary Stone was his wife and that Mary Stone had been seen to be carrying around Caroline Tuffin's baby.

When arrested Mary Stone said that Caroline Tuffin must have committed suicide.

A witness had seen William Tuffin pulling and pushing his wife about on 23 April and that four days later the blinds were down.

On 4 May a caller had been told by Mary Stone that Caroline Tuffin had gone away.

see Surrey Mirror - Friday 24 July 1903

see National Archives - HO 144/1791, PCOM 8/309