John Gower, Killing > murder, 15th May 1684.

Reference Number: t16840515-20
Offence: Killing > murder
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Gower , a Journey-man Coach-maker , Indicted for Murdering his Wife , it being the same Woman that on the 16th. of March last was found dead at Green-Berry Hill in the Parish of Hampsted , having been shot in at the back part of the Head with a Pistol Bullet . The Evidence against him was, first, That he led a very ill Life, having married another Woman; That his first Wife having been in the Country, he in the said Month of March sent for her up, caused her to lodge several Days at a House near Knights-Bridge; That about the Time she was Murdered he was known to go out with her, and that she was never more seen alive by any. It appear'd also, there was an old Grudge between them; for he upon the Discourse of sending for her, said, if they came together there would be Murder; that he offer'd 5 l. to one Young Fellow to prevail to lye with her, by which means he might have a Pretence for a Divorce. Many other very strong Circumstances were against him, and he himself making little or no Defence; Pretending, if his Tryal might be put off till the Morrow, he could produce more Witnesses: but he having had a considerable time to prove them, as being brought to Newgate before the last Sessions, it appeared to be only an Excuse. He was found Guilty of the said Felony and Murther.

[Death. See summary.]


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