ET entry, William Taylor

Another Executed Today entry by me: William Robert Taylor, who was hanged on this day in Lancaster, England in 1862 after he murdered his three children and his landlord. The tragedy began in January of that year when the pipes at Taylor’s home burst and scalded his seven-year-old daughter to death. Taylor blamed his landlord for the accident, and the landlord refused to pay compensation and subsequently instituted eviction proceedings on the family.

The only survivor was Taylor’s wife, who was also charged, but acquitted. I wonder what became of the poor woman.

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