British Executions

Franz Joseph Munch


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 21 Jul 1891

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Wandsworth

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


July 21st: Franz Joseph MUNCH (31)
Munch was born in Germany but when he was ordered to sign on as a conscript in the army, he emigrated and settled in London. He found work as a foreman baker for a Mrs Bridget Kenrath at Bermondsey, and was much enamoured with his employer, although a rival for her affections existed in the shape of one James Hickey, an Irishman who had come to the bakery from Manchester. On 22 April, Munch went out for the evening and after becoming rather drunk, he lay in wait for Hickey, eventually shooting him dead in a dark alley. After he was sentenced to death, Munch appealed for a reprieve on account of extreme provocation. He also contacted the German Embassy to act on his behalf but when they learned why he had left his native country, they refused to have anything to do with him. Hanged by Berry.