By Rosemary Hill
The story of Edith Thompson who was executed in 1923 alongside her young lover, Frederick Bywaters for the murder of her husband, Percy. Edith Thompson apparently knew nothing though about the plan to attack her husband. Bywaters always maintained he acted alone and only planned to “punish” Percy Thompson for the mistreatment of his wife. His death was an accident. But Edith was older than her lover and an adulterer. She was thus seen as an immoral seducer leading the young man astray. Was she really executed for adultery rather than murder? Was she a victim of the social climate of the time? Might she have been treated differently forty years on in the more liberal “swinging” 1960s?
Part of our “Hidden Stories” series