British Executions

Thomas Sadler


Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 18 Aug 1891

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Chelmsford

Method: unknown

Executioner: unknown


A labourer convicted at Essex Summer Assizes for the murder of William Wass at Colchester. Sadler persuaded Mrs Wass to leave her husband and move in with him. During a dispute over the custody of her children. Sadler stabbed Wass behind the ear with a penknife, killing him instantly. He remained very calm after sentencing until his last interview with his father and sister, after which he became exceedingly distressed. He was hanged by James Berry on a permanent gallows erected inside Springfield Gaol on the 18th August 1891 in Chelmsford.