“You’ve been sleeping with other men!” John Booth raged at his wife. Before she had time to reply, he took out his hunting knife and slashed her arm. “That’s your punishment!” he shouted. As Mrs. Booth’s mother, Mrs. Jean Galloway, ran to her daughter’s assistance, Booth wheeled around and stabbed her through the heart. She died on the spot.

Booth, a 37-year-old hawker, was hanged on Wednesday, October 21st, 1857, outside Aberdeen’s castle-prison, before a crowd of 2,000. There would not be another execution in Aberdeen after that for 106 years. The next one was in 1963, when Henry Burnett became the last man to be executed in Scotland.