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Execution of a Female.

Annie Tooke, a middle-aged widow was executed on 11th August, within Exeter Gaol, for the murder of an illegitimate which had been put with her to nurse. She first smothered the child, and then chopped the body in pieces, and threw the remains into a mill-stream. The prison hospital was turned into a plaoe of execution, and Marwood, who was the executioner, gave a drop of seven feet. Prisoner’s four children visited her on the Saturday previous to the execution. The representatives of the Press were n ->t admitted to the execution, but they were allowed to attend the inquest and view the body with the jury. The governor of the prison produced a copy of the following statement made by the culprit:—“l hereby acknowledge that the confession which I first made to Captain Beat is true in the main particulars, and that I am justly to suffer for my dreadful crime, for which, as for all my many sins, I do most truly repent, and heartily pray God’s mercy, for the sake of His dear Son, my only Lord and Saviour, Jesup Christ,*. Signed by me, Aiwxs Toms. 1 '

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Execution of a Female. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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