The John Lee Story

placeholder gifA Reminiscence of the Babbacombe Murder.

John Lee was the man they couldn’t hang.

One day a lady called Emma Keyse, was found dead, she had been murdered. John Lee was accused of murdering her.

He was taken to court and was found guilty. They made a gallows to hang him but when they tried the trap door, it would not open. So they hired a carpenter to fix it they tried another time but it didn’t open this time. They checked that everything was working. They pulled the lever and it still didn't work so John Lee did not die. The executioners believed that this was God telling them they had the wrong man so they let him go.

Written by A Pupil

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Technical Information (Metadata)
Technical Information (Metadata)
Title Value
Written by A Pupil
Organisation Ellacombe Primary School
Contributor   Ellacombe Primary School  
Identifier ref 127
Date   1895  
Format   photocopy; 262 mm x 124 mm  
Coverage   Devon. Torquay  
Source   Torbay Library Services  
Subject   Lee. Torquay. Babbacombe. Exeter  
Type   Image  
Publisher   Torbay Library Services  
Rights   Torquay Directory  
Keywords chaplin pitkin prison exeter criminals gaol keyse dream execution