Two Irish brothers were furious when John Peters and his family moved on to half an acre of land at Raheen in County Tipperary, because they were coveting the half-acre for themselves. On the night of July 17th, 1840, the brothers, James and John Power, broke into the Peters’ temporary accommodation, stripped Mrs. Peters naked, dragged her husband outside and beat him to death.

The brothers were brought to the county assizes in August the following year and hanged on Saturday, September 4th, 1841, outside Clonmel Prison.