The Leicestershire Mercury, of Saturday next, March the 8th (Price 3d., unstamped) will contain full reports of the Leicestershire Assizes, including the trial of John Fowkes, for the Snarestone Murder, and the suit of Merewether v the Pegg's Green Colliery Company. Early orders should be given to Mr Wayte, bookseller, Ashby-de-la-Zouch; Mr Humphrey, news agent; or to the Mercury Office, Leicester. T Wayte, Printer, Ashby.
- Leicester Mercury (Newspaper); Wayte, T, active 1856
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The murderer John "Butcher" Fowkes, who was hanged on this occasion, is said to have had a persecution complex, believing that his own family was out to get him; and so he set out with a poacher's gun in order prevent this. One source says that he was actually aiming the gun at his father but killed his nephew by aiming badly ("John Fowkes". 'True Crime Library', https://www.truecrimelibrary.com/crimearticle/john-fowkes/ accessed 12 December 2018). He was the last man to be publicly hanged at Leicestershire Prison.
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Physical Description: Letterpress, 256 x 191 mm.
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- [Collection of ephemera, handbills, fliers, collected by Kenneth Athol Webster. 1800-1920] / [Collection of ephemera, handbills, fliers, relating to trials and executions of murderers in England. 1830-1880]
- 1 b&w art print(s), Ephemera, Letterpress works, Fliers (Printed matter), Letterpress, 256 x 191 mm., Orientation: Vertical image
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