British Executions

Valeri Giovanni

Age: 31

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 9 Jul 1901

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Bodmin

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Valeri Giovanni was convicted of the murder of Victor Baileff and sentenced to death.

They were crew members on the Lorton, a merchant ship out of Liverpool. The ship had been to Hamburg and then to Portland, Oregon. It then went to South Africa, and then Australia and then to South America.

Valeri Giovanni was picked up as a crew member in New South Wales, Australia and Victor Baileff was picked up as crew in Durban, south Africa.

However Valeri Giovanni and Victor Baileff didn't get along and Valeri Giovanni complained that Victor Baileff kept teasing him.

While in South America at Caleta Buena they had a fist fight which Victor Baileff won.

The ship then set sail for England and on 15 February 1901 Valeri Giovanni stabbed Victor Baileff while he was on his own mending a sail.

see National Archives - HO 144/570/A62691