Date Of Execution: 26 Apr 1875
April 26th: William HALE
A barge-owner, with a successful business, sentenced to death by Mr Justice Lush on 5 April, for the murder of his wife at their Bristol home in August 1874. In 1872, Mrs Hale's alcoholism soured their previously happy marriage and soon they were constantly quarrelling. On 28 August 1874, Hale returned home from the pub at midnight and found his wife sitting on the doorstep. They were both drunk, and she told him she wouldn't come into the house with him. Despite his persistent requests she refused to go to bed; finally, Hale went inside, returned with a table knife and stabbed her twice in the neck. He pleaded provocation through drink but was convicted, and hanged by Marwood.