British Executions

Thomas Johnson

Age: 21

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 28 May 1879

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Liverpool

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


On 23 March, Thomas Johnson and twenty one year old Eliza Parton, visited a house of ill repute at Liverpool and after spending an hour or so drinking, they went upstairs to a room. Soon afterwards Eliza came downstairs with scratches on her face. Moments later Johnson followed and without a word, stabbed her in the neck and then rushed out. He was arrested soon after and could offer no defence, claiming that he had done it through cruelty. The determined looking and powerfully built man broke down as the sentence of death was passed and had to be carried in tears from the dock. He was hanged by William Marwood in Liverpool on the 28th May 1879. When Johnson died he was just twenty, one year younger than his poor victim.