British Executions

William George Abigail

Age: 19

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 22 May 1882

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Norwich

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Marwood


At 6am on Tuesday 25 April 1882, twenty two year old  Jane Plunkett was found shot dead in the room she shared with William George Abigail. At the time Abigail worked as a waiter at the Star Hotel, Norwich, and it was here where he had first met Plunkett who was employed there as a chambermaid. She didn't tell him she was already married, and later they went through a form of marriage and moved in with his half-brother at New Catton. It was his brother's son who reported hearing the shots, and Jane Plunkett was discovered blasted in the head and chest. Abigail confessed he had killed her when he found out she was already married. He was tried and convicted in Norwich and hanged by William Marwood on the 22 May 1882 at the age of nineteen..