British Executions

John Vickers Amos

Age: 35

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 22 Jul 1913

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Newcastle

Method: hanging

Executioner: Thomas Pierrepoint


John Amos murdered Andrew Barton 40, George Bertram Mussell 30 and Sarah Ellen Grice 33 who he shot at the Sun Inn, Bedlington on 15 April 1913.

Amos was the landlord of the Sun Inn until he was given notice to quit. He refused and the owners called the police to assist in the eviction. During the ensuing fracas, fifty two year old PC George Mussell and Sergeant Andrew Burton who was forty, and the wife of the new landlord, Mrs Sarah Grice who was thirty three, were shot dead by Amos who had held a large crowd at bay.

He was convicted and sentenced to death on 4 July.

see Bedlington

see National archives - HO 144/1278/240202

see BBC