British Executions

Henry Alt

Age: 31

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 13 Jul 1885

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Newgate

Method: hanging

Executioner: Berry


Henry Alt was a German baker who was convicted of the murder of Charles Howard, whom he stabbed to death in a jealous quarrel over a woman. Alt had been paying his attentions to a middle-aged woman and proposed marriage to her. She turned him down and later announced to Alt that she was going to marry Howard. As they were drinking in a pub, Alt stabbed Howard to death then wounded the woman and himself. He was convicted at the Old Bailey in June, and after a plea for a reprieve by the German Embassy failed, he was hanged by Berry at Newgate on the 13 July 1885 aged just thirty one.