Date Of Execution: 13 Aug 1915
Crime Location: Herne Bay, Blackpool and Highgate
Execution Place: Maidstone Prison
Executioner: John Ellis
George Joseph Smith was convicted of the murder of three women, Beatrice Mundy 31, Alice Burnham 25 and Margaret Elizabeth Lofty 38, and sentenced to death.
He drowned them all in baths and the case became known as 'The Brides in the Bath Murders'.
Beatrice Mundy was found dead in her bath on 13 July 1912 at 80 High Street, Herne Bay, Kent.
Alice Burnham was found dead in her bath on 12 December 1913 at a boarding house in Regent Road, Blackpool.
Margaret Elizabeth Lofty was found dead in her bath on 18 December 1914 at 14 Bismark Road, Highgate, London.
It wasn't until the landlord of he boarding house in Blackpool wrote to the police raising his wife's and a friends suspcions hat the case the looked into by the police. The letter had contained newspaper clippings detailing the death of Margaret Lofty from the The News of the World dated Christmas 1914 and the coroners account of the death Alice Burnham at his boarding house.
George Joseph Smith was born in 1872.
see National Archives - PCOM 8/138, MEPO 3/225B, HO 144/1404/273877, HO 144/1405/273877, CRIM 1/154, CRIM 1/155