British Executions

William Hunter

Age: 32

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 14 Nov 1887

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Method: unknown

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November 14th: William HUNTER (32)
A native of Glasgow, working as a blacksmith in Manchester, Hunter had been 'tramping' from Wigton to Carlisle with Mary Steele and her daughter Isabella. Hunter had a wife back in Manchester but had been with Steele for the last three months. On 8 September while approaching Carlisle Isabella told Hunter she was tired. He called her to come to him and when she refused, he walked up to her, grabbed her by the throat then kicked her, as the girl's mother screamed that he had better not have hurt her 'we-un.' Hunter then carried Isabella into a field where he said he would revive her with water. The girl's body was later found dead. Hunter had cut her throat with a pocket knife then turned the weapon on himself. He was tried before Mr Justice Day at Carlisle Assizes and as the judge passed sentence, Hunter's wife, who had made the journey up from Manchester to offer her support, collapsed in the court. She was carried outside and later discovered that someone had picked her pocket and stolen the money her friends had clubbed together for her expenses. Hanged by Berry.