My first Executed Today entry of 2012

There will be several ET entries by me this month, five in all I think. This is the first: Louisa Masset, hanged on January 9, 1900 for the brutal murder of her three-year-old illegitimate son. It was apparently premeditated and it was horrific: she beat him with a brick in a train station bathroom, then suffocated him.

The author John J. Eddleston, in whose book I first read about Louisa, lists her in another book he wrote about wrongful executions. That is, he suggests she may have been innocent. Not having read this particular book, I’m not sure why he thinks this. The evidence, though circumstantial, seems conclusive enough.

2 thoughts on “My first Executed Today entry of 2012

  1. Robin Cox January 9, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    It seems your writing shines in Executed Today’s writing style/format!

    I appreciate how you can add a bit of personal editorial to both your blog and to the Executed Today’s blog, and yet you keep your feelings and opinions discrete for your Charley Project MP entries. Very sensitively done.

    Great work!

  2. Zoe January 10, 2012 / 12:43 am

    I guess that was a lot of out going money in those days for a child she must have seen as a growing problem…very sad that there was not some other system available, or contraception! Though even that has not solved all of our problems either!

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