Wednesday, September 15

Charles Peace

Convicted February 5, 1879 for the murder of Arthur Dyson, sentenced to death. Executed via hanging February 25, 1879 at Leeds Prison.



Peace was an infamous Victorian era cat burglar whose exploits became pretty widely known; he's even mentioned in a Sherlock Holmes story. In 1876 he murdered Arthur Dyson, the husband of a former mistress, and was eventually caught, tried, and sentenced to death. His behavior seemed to improve in prison, where he also confessed to the murder of Constable Nicholas Cook, thereby setting the wrongly accused William Habron free. The morning of his execution, Peace ate a breakfast of eggs and a large amount of bacon, though his true last request after this salty meal was for a glass of water. This request was denied.