British Executions

William Cassidy

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 17 Feb 1880

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Manchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Marwood


William Cassidy and his wife had been married for many unhappy years and after a series of rows, he decided to be rid of her. He joked with a friend in a pub that he intended to kill his wife and that he would swing for her. One night in November 1879, he crept into her room as she slept and after soaking the bed in paraffin he set it alight. She awoke engulfed in flames and died in great agony from her burns. Cassidy was hanged by William Marwood on the 17th February 1880 in Manchester.

Also reference to him here.