British Executions

Samson Silas Salmon

Age: 32

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 19 Feb 1901

Crime Location: 23 Venour Road, Bow, London

Execution Place: Newgate

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Samson Silas Salmon was convicted of the murder of his cousin Lucy Smith 32 and sentenced to death.

He cut her throat at 23 Venour Road, Bow, London on Saturday 16 December, 1900.

Samson Salmon had been lodging at 23 Venour Road while he had been working at a local chemical works. He had been there since the beginning of 1899 and had been paying 13/- a week. However, he later lost his job and began drinking and although he was allowed to stay at 23 Venour Road whilst he had no money he became argumentative and violent and was asked a couple of times to leave and had once been thrown out.

On 10 December 1900 Samson Salmon hit several people including Lucy Smith and a neighbour and even though he had a knife they managed to throw him out. However, he later returned to the house and climbed over the wall. He was allowed to stay but the next day he said that he was going to leave and look for work away from London.

He returned on 15 December and climbed over the wall and when Lucy Smith came out with throw some ashes away he followed her back into the house and they had an argument and he hit her and then cut her throat.