British Executions

John Harrison

Age: 31

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 24 Dec 1901

Crime Location: Rose Cottage, Bickerstaffe

Execution Place: Liverpool

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


John Harrison was convicted of the murder of Alice Ann Wright and sentenced to death.

John Harrison had married Alice Wright bigamously as she was already married.

They had just moved to Rose Cottage in Bickerstaffe on 26 July 1901.

The next day on 27 July 1901 a girl walked past the cottage at about 1.20pm and saw a broken window and when she looked in she saw the body of Alice Wright on the floor but thought that she was a drunk and had broken in to sleep.

Later that day at 9pm John Harrison went to Rose Farm and told them that he had just found his wife dead.

When the police arrived at Rose Cottage they found that Alice Wright had been strangled but was also lying in a pool of blood from a wound to her hand.

They later found that John Harrison had blood on his shirt sleeve. He said that he had left the cottage at 2pm and walked to St Helens where he had been drinking with a man in the Prince of Wales Inn. however, when the police checked his story the man he had referred to said that he had been in the pub all day but hadn't seen John Harrison. It was further noted that the girl had seen the body of Alice Wright at 1.20pm which was 40 minutes before the time that John Harrison had said he had left.

see Western Times - Friday 06 December 1901

see National Archives - ASSI 52/57