Another ET out of Shropshire

The Headsman has done a “themed set” of three executions out of Shropshire, UK. The first was my entry for Richard Overfield; the second was his for John Griffiths; the third was mine for John Newton.

The Newton case was a quite ordinary, even boring, domestic homicide. Newton found out his pregnant wife had been misappropriating household funds. He beat the crap out of her and went farther than he probably intended: the beating caused her to miscarry, and she died as a result. Nowadays this would, I think, be classified as second-degree murder or even manslaughter, since Newton did not intend to kill his wife and actually sought medical attention for her when he realized what he’d done. But this was the 1820s and back then, if you killed someone, they hanged you.

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4 thoughts on “Another ET out of Shropshire

  1. Crystal March 24, 2016 / 7:40 am

    He didn’t intend to kill her. Just rough her up a little. “I swear, your honor, it’s her fault she’s dead!”

    • Meaghan March 24, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Ah, well, we all make mistakes.

      I’m very glad I live in a time and place where domestic violence is not acceptable. And I’m very glad I have a man who would never, ever hit me no matter what. So many women are not as lucky.

  2. Kat March 24, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    OT-I’m sure this is in your inbox, but for those here who haven’t heard LE is all but certain they have found Debbie Hawk. May have confirmed by now.

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