British Executions

Dennis John Whitty

Age: 22

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 17 Dec 1963

Crime Location: Nanjarrow Farm

Execution Place: Winchester

Method: hanging

Executioner: Robert Leslie Stewart


Dennis John Whitty and Russel Pascoe murdered William Garfield Rowe on 14th August 1963.

The pair were living in a caravan with a number of other people and had heard of the rumours that Garfield had a fortune hidden in his tumble down farm, Nanjarrow Farm.

On the night of 14 August they rode off to Nanjarrow Farm on a motorbike and arriving about 11pm where they beat Garfield to death in an attempt to get him to tell them where his fortune was. He died and they got away with a total of £4 even though the police later found at least £3000 hidden about the building.

The pair were later caught and in interview blamed each other for the violence. They were hung on 17 December 1963.

see National Archives - ASSI 26/297