Date Of Execution: 28 Apr 1882
Execution Place: Wandsworth Prison
Executioner: William Marwood
George Lamson, a doctor, murdered his crippled bother-in-law Percy Malcom John 19 by administering aconitine.
In 1879 his other brother-in-law Herbert John died and left him £700. He was not suspected in the death and set up a doctors practice which soon failed due to his morphine addiction.
Following this he became desperate for money and was aware that if Percy John were to die before he was 21 then his wife would recieve £1500. He elected to poison him with aconitine. He made a trial attempt whilst the boy was holidaying on the Isle of Wight but used too little and the boy survived.
He spent around 5 months planning the murder and on 18 December 1881 decided to arrange a trip to France before which he would administer the poison. The night before he left for France he went to say farewell Percy John at his school at Blenheim house and in from of several witnesses including the headmaster who was sat with the boy in the dining room he gave him some cake and a tablet containing sugar and then left. Shortly after the boy went into spasms which lasted for 4 hours and died. However on this occassion he had used too much poison and the murder was obvious. George Lamson was soon in France and police believed he would never be caught.
However, George Lamson returned 4 days later to clear his name. He was surprised to find that he was not given bail and at the trial was found guilty of murder.