British Executions

William Brown

Age: 42

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 16 Dec 1902

Crime Location: Mullens Path, Mortlake, London

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: hanging

Executioner: Henry Pierrepoint


William Brown was convicted of the murder of his wife Elizabeth Brown and sentenced to death.

He had kicked her to death after an evening out at the pubs.

They had been married for 22 years and had normally got along well.

On the night they were seen in one pub to be quite happy together, but at a following pub they were seen to be arguing, however, they were seen to head off home in good spirits.

The next morning William Brown called on a neighbour to tell him that Elizabeth Brown was dead and she was found dead at the bottom of the stairs. 

At first William Brown said that she must have fallen down the stairs but her injuries were too severe and he admitted beating her. However, he later denied making any confession and said that she had been attacked in the street and had then dragged herself home and died at the foot of the stairs.

see Western Daily Press - Friday 14 November 1902

see Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 16 December 1902

see National Archives - CRIM 1/80/2