Within an hour of pocketing his weekly wage packet, Thomas Furlonger, a 62-year-old baker, was found beaten to death alongside one of the furnace ovens at the bakery where he worked in Milkwood Road, Herne Hill, south London. The murder weapon, an iron bar, lay beside his body.

A fellow-employee, Daniel Gorrie, 30, was acting suspiciously and when searched by the police was found to have a whole week’s wages more than his own. He was also known to have been paying off some heavy debts. Gorrie had no explanation for the extra money he had on him. Convicted of murder, he was hanged on Tuesday, JUNE 10th, 1890, after a three-day trial at the Old Bailey.