British Executions

Michael George Tatum

Age: 24

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 14 May 1959

Crime Location: 11 Belmont Road, Portswood, Southampton

Execution Place: Winchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: Robert Leslie Stewart


Michael Tatum murdered Charles Frederick Barrett 85 during a robbery.

Charles Barrett, a Boar War veteran, lived at 11 Belmont Road, Portswood, Southampton along with Mr Finn who rented a room there. For a time Michael Tatum and his wife also lived there as his wife was the cleaner but on 10 January of that year Michael Tatum moved out to 36 Cambridge Road although his wife stayed. On 14 January he returned and let himself in. Mr Finn was out as he worked nights. He entered the house with a key and used a knobkerrie, an African weapon, to beat him, killing him. However, because he was left handed the blows revealed that the assailant was left handed which in turn led police to him as a suspect.

At first he denied being there saying that he had been out drinking at various pubs. He then said that he did go to the house with a man called Terrence Thatcher and that it was Terrence that had carried out the assault. In court his defence suggested that he was not responsible for his actions because he was a pathological liar, but the jury found him guilty and he was executed.

Not sure if the image is the exact location but its close.

see National Archives - DPP 2/2895, ASSI 26/187

see London Gazette