Capital punishment in the shape of double executions plays a big part in this month’s issue – to be more precise, double hangings in the UK
Master Detective September 2008
Capital punishment in the shape of double executions plays a big part in this month’s issue – to be more precise, double hangings in the UK. Take the case of pawnshop manager Leonard Moules on page 35. Although he was 71, Leonard couldn’t afford to retire. His wages from the shop in Hackney Road, Shoreditch, in London’s East End brought in much-needed funds for himself and his wife – until Thursday, April 30th, 1942, which was the day Leonard passed caring. For that was the day machinist George Silverosa and lorry driver Samuel Dashwood chose to rob the place and in so doing murder Leonard Moules – thereby booking themselves a date with the hangman.
Quite by chance, part 5 of Wandsworth’s Days of Hanging provides details of no fewer than three double executions, a rarity. The time scale covers six years – 1921 to 1927 – and encompasses the murder of a London secretary on an Eastbourne beach, the hanging of two Sinn Fein activists and the grisly murder of a nightwatchman on a building site in Purley, Surrey. An episode not to be missed.