British Executions

Thomas Payne


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 6 Dec 1887

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Warwick

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


Thomas Payne was a labourer who pleaded guilty to the murder of his sister-in-law, Charlotte Taylor. Charlotte Taylor shared a house in Coventry with her sister and brother-in-law, Thomas Payne. She and Payne were having a clandestine affair, and he was obsessed with her. When he learned that she was also seeing a Salvation Army officer, Payne became insanely jealous and threa- tened to kill her if she carried on seeing him. One afternoon in August, he saw them together and when she returned home later, he cut her throat, then surrendered himself at the local police station. He stood trial in November at Warwick Assizes before Baron Huddlestone, and insisted on pleading guilty. Many women in the packed courtroom were in tears when the judge passed the death sentence. He was hanged by James Berry in Warwick on the 6 December 1887.