Date Of Execution: 14 Dec 1876
Execution Place: Cambridge
Executioner: William Marwood
Murder of EMMA ROLFE,aged 16; Cambridge
Browning was a twenty five year old tailor and former soldier, sentenced to death at Norwich Assizes on 24th November for the murder of Emma Relfe, a girl of just fifteen. Despite her age the victim earned her living as a prostitute, and had been living in a brothel for several weeks before the murder. Browning had met her in August, and whilst drinking with her on a common, he caught her stealing some money from him. After cutting her throat, he went off in search of more drink. Her body was later found with her head almost severed. He was recommended for mercy on account of his age, but was hanged by William Marwood on the 14th December 1876 in Cambridge.