British Executions

George William Howe

Age: 34

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 22 Feb 1898

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


February 22nd: George William HOWE (34)
John Kirby Pickup was the manager of a Burnley brickworks where George Howe was employed until he was sacked shortly before Christmas 1897. Howe blamed the manager for his dismissal and began to harbour a grudge against him. On New Year's Eve, Pickup was found beside a level crossing. He had been beaten about the head with a stick and died later in hospital. Howe was an immediate suspect and when questioned he confessed. Sentenced to death at Manchester Assizes and hanged by James and Thomas Billington.