The Last Man Hanged at Reading Gaol

Last Hanging at Reading Gaol


John Gould went down in history (in more ways than one) as the last man to be publicly executed at Reading Gaol. NICOLA CARPENTER describes the unspeakable crime that led him to the gallows.


“Good people all I pray attend,
On earth my life will shortly end,
For dreadful murder my life is took away,
I my dear child is basely slay,
I gave her the sad and dreadful wound,
And left her bleeding on the ground,

John Gould is my name,
I bought myself to grief and shame,
To grief and shame it does appear,
In Windsor Town in Berkshire,

Author: The Spooky Isles

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3 Comments

  1. Think the murder of Fanny Adams was far more brutal. Gould clearly had mental issues made worse by alcoholism. Such was the way of many Victorian murderers.

  2. the world never changes, still the same crap happening today :(

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