Name the Bow Street Runners that went to look for William Howe, for the murder of Benjamin Robbins 101 years ago on the 28th December and win a luxury night with breakfast for two in January. LEAVE YOUR ANSWER ON THE NEWSLETTER IN THE REPLY SECTION BELOW.
Mr Robbins was shot in the chest from close range. The dirty deed was perpetrated on the night of December 18, 1812, market day in nearby Stourbridge, and Mr Robbins was wearing a well- filled money belt from the sale of a score of sheep at the market.
Despite his mortal wound he was able to stagger home to Dunsley Hall, finally expiring on December 28th.
William Howe was eventually captured by the Bow Street Runners, and sent to Stafford Goal. Mr. Justice Bayley in passing sentence said, “That on the 18th day of this month you will be taken to the place of execution there to be hanged by the neck until you are dead, and that after you are dead, you will be cut down and your body be dissected and afterwards anatomised.”
The Stourbridge magisrates immediately applied for the body to be hung in chains near the spot were the heinous crime was committed this being the now called Gibbet Lane.
Their request was granted. A notice was then posted in Stourbridge town to the effect that William Howe will removed from Stafford this day, the irons in which he is to be suspended being previously fixed upon his body.
The crowds gathered to witness the macabre arrival and followed in a melancholy procession as Howe’s corpse was conveyed to Fir Tree Hill thence named Gibbet Lane, and suspended in chains for “the moral benefit of local citizens”.
Howe’s creaking corpse swung there until it virtually “fell to pieces” and was then interred “on the spot”.
Howe’s corpse was conveyed to Fir Tree Hill thence named Gibbet Lane, and suspended in chains for “the moral benefit of local citizens”.
Howe’s creaking corpse swung there until it virtually “fell to pieces” and was then interred “on the spot”, but it is said he still haunts Gibbet Lane every December waiting for Benjamin Robbins to come and give forgiveness.
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