British Executions

Thomas Mellor

Age: 29

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 16 Aug 1900

Crime Location: Glebe Road, Holbeck, Leeds

Execution Place: Leeds

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Thomas Mellor drowned both his daughters, Ada Beecroft 6 and Annie Beecroft 4 in the canal at Glebe Road, Holbeck, Leeds on Saturday, 11 May 1900.

He was only convicted of the murder of Ada Beecroft as no evidence was offered with regards to the murder of Annie Beecroft.

Thomas Mellor was looking after the children on his own after their mother who had been sent to Menston Asylum died in November 1899.

After the girls mothers went into the asylum Thomas Mellor moved into lodgings in Fouth Court but was later evicted afterwhich he took the children to his brothers but he said that they could not move in with him. he had also tried to admit the children to the workhouse but was not successful.

When his brothers wife asked him what he would then do Thomas Mellor said 'The water is big enough to hold them and me and all'.

On the night of 11 May 1900 Thomas Mellor took his children to the canal near Glebe Road, Holbeck, Leeds. He was seen walking with them around 11pm and later around 11.30pm was seen without them.

The children were found dead the next day dead in the canal.

Thomas Mellor confessed to putting them in the canal but said that he had only put them in a shallow part in the hope that someone woudl rescue them and take them into care.

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