British Executions

William Mobbs

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 28 Mar 1870

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Soon after Christmas 1869, nineteen year old William Mobbs was sitting next to a nine year old boy on a park bench at Linford when he asked him what he thought would happen if he was to kill. The young boy replied that he was sure to be hanged, whereupon Mobbs pulled out a knife and stabbed him several times in the neck. Mobbs later confessed to a policeman. He had become obsessed with murder after seeing a picture depicting the scene of the killing of Fanny Adams in 1867 by Frederick Baker. (Baker was hanged on Christmas Eve the same year). William Mobbs was hanged by William Calcraft on March 28th 1870 in Aylesbury.