"One Monday Morning, Near Six O'Clock, With a Window Bolt He Gave Him a Knock" [Broadside]. [Execution]. Sale, Thomas [d. 1848]. Life, Trial and Execution. Thomas Sale, For the Murder of Mr. Bellchambers. [London], C. Paul, Printer, . 19-1/2" x 14-1/2" broadside. Text in four columns below headline and large woodcut execution scene flanked by a set of verses within woodcut border. Light browning, some edgewear and light soiling to margins, chip near center of right-hand margin with minor loss to text, a few creases, some with clean tears, some repaired on verso with archival tape, "Oct. 1847" in small contemporary hand near head of text. $1,500. * On October 11, 1847, John Bellchambers, "a wealthy old gentleman," was attacked with an iron bolt and robbed by a gang near his home in Westminster, later dying from his wounds. Two of the gang, Thomas Sale and George McCoy, both aged 25, were found guilty of his murder. Sale made a complete and open confession of his guilt before he was hanged outside Newgate Prison on 10 January 1848. There is a death mask of Sale in Scotland Yard's collection of death masks. See Moss, Scotland Yard's History of Crime in 100 Objects, Appendix III. No copies of this broadside located on OCLC.
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