British Executions

Max Mayer Haslam

Age: 23

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 4 Feb 1937

Crime Location: Clayton Street, Nelson, Lancashire

Execution Place: Manchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Max Haslam murdered Ruth Clarkson 74 by battering her to death at Clayton Street, Nelson on 19 June 1936. He had also hung her dog from the bedpost.

Max Haslam, who was a dwarf, had also stolen her jewellery and police soon found out that he had been pawning items that they determined to be Ruth Clarkson's. When they arrested him they found more jewellery on him as well as the back door key to Ruth Clarkson's house. They also found Max Haslam's bloody palm print in the house and bloodstains on his boots.

He had beaten her to death with an iron railing and a plank.

see National Archives - PCOM 9/356, ASSI 52/458

see Dundee Courier - Wednesday 24 June 1936