British Executions

Joseph Jones

Age: 60

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 26 Mar 1907

Crime Location: 18 Victoria Road, Quarry Bank, Stafford

Execution Place: Stafford

Method: hanging

Executioner: Henry Pierrepoint


Joseph Jones murdered his 28-year-old son-in-law Edmund Clarke and was sentenced to death.

He cut his throat and battered him at Quarry Bank, Stafford on 1 December 1906.

Joseph Jones had been a stock keeper at an ironworks and had fathered a daughter with his wife who had died a lot younger. When his daughter grew up and married they moved in with him at 18 Victoria Road, Quarry Bank. When Joseph Jones made over the cottage to Edmund Clarke they began to row. On the day of the murder Edmund Clarke's wife went out to do some shopping leaving them together in the cottage but when she returned she found Edmund Clarke dead. Joseph Jones said that Edmund Clarke had set upon him. He had been beaten and had his throat slit.

Edmund Clarke was a haulier and had a horse, wagonette, dog cart and a heavy cart. He was mainly a carter of fuel.

After giving the house to Edmund Clarke, Joseph Jones began to think that Edmund Clarke was trying to get him out of the house. They would often argue over it and Joseph Jones who was short of money would ask Edmund Clarke for money which he refused making him even more angry.

The wife left the house at 8.45 leaving her husband Edmund Clarke dozing on the sofa under the kitchen window. When she got back at about 9.15 she found the door locked. After banging on it for a while Joseph Jones opened the door and let her in. She then saw her husband on the floor in the kitchen near the fire with his head beaten in and the floor swimming in blood. She thought he was still alive and went out to get help.

However, Edmund Clarke was dead when help arrived. His head was battered in on the right side with the brains being visible with several other major head injuries and his throat had been cut from ear to ear. Both actuaries had been completely severed and the windpipe partially. On the floor there was a blood soaked razor and a heavy poker. Another blood-stained razor was later found. It was determined that he had first been struck whilst lying on the sofa because there was major staining to the leather sofa arm where a blow would have met. The sofa was heavily stained with blood and the kitchen looked like a slaughterhouse.

In court Joseph Jones said he never threatened Edmund Clarke and that it was Edmund Clarke who had threatened him.

However, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was executed at Stafford on 23 March 1907.

see Dundee Courier - Friday 08 March 1907

see Lichfield Mercury - Friday 07 December 1906

see National Archives - HO 144/849/149977

see County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire - Saturday 09 March 1907