Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Crime and Punishment – Robert Wilson – Assistant Executioner remarkable group of documents issued to Robert Wilson, Assistant Executioner Robert Baxter during the 1920, including his printed instructions as to the rules and regulations he should observe – and including his pay of £1/11/6d (with a further similar sum if he behaved himself ) – equivalent in total to about £100 in today’s money – together with three letters from the Governor of Pentonville Prison relating to two famous murder cases – that of Ronald True and that of Frank Hollington. True murdered a prostitute called Olive Young and was set to be executed, but his sentence was commuted to life in Broadmoor (where he died in 1951) on the grounds of insanity. It has always been suspected however that this was really on account of his high social connections. Hollington (alias John Dennis) murdered his girlfriend Annie Hatton and tried to conceal the crime by staging a mock burglary. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was found guilty of murder purely because he had tried to conceal the crime. He was hanged on February 20th 1929. Documents relating to British executioners are highly uncommon on the market. Wilson acted as assistant on 38 occasions and was Executioner in his own right of William Henry Kennedy on May 25th 1928 for the murder of PC George William Gutteridge.