British Executions

James Joseph Bergin

Age: 28

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 27 Dec 1900

Crime Location: Bankhall Street, Liverpool

Execution Place: Liverpool

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


James Bergin murdered his girlfriend Margaret Morrison who he shot on Saturday, 27 October 1900 at Bankhall Street, Liverpool.

She later died on Monday, 29th October.

They had been engaged for 4 years but the marriage was postponed twice and then their engagement was finally broken off in March 1900.

She broke off their engagement after he became irregular in his habits which he resented and he once tried to shoot her. they also had religious differences.

After seeing her home from the theatre on a Saturday night in October 1900 he pulled out a revolver and killed her.

Shortly before he killed her he had shouted at her mother 'No other man will walk out with her. I will take her life'.

see National Archives - ASSI 52/50, HO 144/283/A62269

see Western Gazette - Friday 07 December 1900

see Western Times - Wednesday 05 December 1900

see Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 December 1900

see Murder UK