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Re: Francis Kidder, last woman hanged in Public.
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 19:28:53 »
Frances Kidder was the sister of my 2 x gt Grandmother, Rhoda Turner. Rhoda was one of the sisters who testified against her. Rhoda had quite an eventful life with several alias's and was rarely out of the newspapers up until her death in 1915. She was also one of the last people to see Louisa alive. All of the other sisters in the Turner family had quite eventful lives too.


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Francis Kidder, last woman hanged in Public.
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 16:01:56 »
On the evening  23 August, 1867 Francis Kidder took her 13 yr old stepdaughter, Louisa Staples, for a walk along to Cobbs Bridge at New Romney, she returned alone and with mud on her skirt. She claimed a bolting horse frightened them and they both fell in the ditch which had some 12" of water in. The child was found drowned. Louisa was an illegitimate daughter of Francis' husband and hated and cruelly treated by Francis. The evidence although mostly circumstantial was enough for the jury to take 15mins to find her guilty, the main prosecution witnesses being her parents and sisters. Whilst in prison she learnt to read and took to reading the scriptures. Her own daughter aged 3 was brought by her husband to see her a couple of days before the execution. At noon on April 2 1868 she was taken, hysterical, dragged by 2 warders from the cell to the gallows outside the Gaol and in front of a small (well behaved according to the Times) crowd was hanged by William Calcraft. She was the last woman to be hanged in Public.


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