British Executions

Charles Kite


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 25 Feb 1884

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Taunton

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


On Wednesday 2 January, two young labourers, Charles Kite and Albert Miles, started to quarrel in a Bath public house. As the row escalated they decided to go outside to settle their differences. Once outside they had a further exchange of words before returning inside. As they re-entered the bar, Kite asked Miles to make friends and unusually offered his left hand. Momentarily confused, Miles pulled away and as he did so, Kite stabbed him with a knife he had been holding in his right. Miles fell to the ground dead and Kite fled but was arrested within the hour hiding at his mother's house. He was tried and convicted and sentenced to death on 6 February.  He did not have to wait long for the sentence to be carried out and was hanged by Bartholomew Binns on the 25th February 1884 in Taunton.