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MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN HANGS AS MURDERESS Demonstration Against 'Disgrace' Attempted in England. By BURDETTE JOHNS Associated Press Foreign Staff. BIRMINGHAM, Eng., LW—Mrs. Dorothy Waddingham, 34 year old mother of five children, died on the gallows of the Winson Green prison Thursday while police guarded the in approaches against a demonstration in protest at "this disgrace." Mrs. Violet Van Der Elst, energetic campaigner against capital punishment, organized the demonstration, broadcasting appeals to a crowd of 2,000 to attempt to prevent the hanging. The throng looked on quietly, however, some smiling at, Mrs. Van Der Elst'g exhortations, some praying for Mrs. Waddingham while the convicted poison slayer of a patient in her Nottingham nursing home died within the prison. All Appeals Denied. King Edward himself was the only one who could have saved the woman from the gallows by granting a last minute reprieve, after Home Secretary Sir John Simon denied appeals for clemency. A wave of protest throughout Britain over the hanging of the mother of five children, including a six months old baby, wag countered •by statements,! terming the poison death of the patient, 50 year old Ada Louisa Baguley, a flagrant offense, Mrs. Waddingham also was accused, but not convicted, of the death of Miss Baguley's aged mother. Newspapers insisted the crime must have been premeditated and that even the strong recommendation of mercy by the jury which convicted Mrs. Waddingham Feb. 27 should not be allowed to deter the punishment. Led to Gallows. A last overnight appeal to the home office having been rejected, the nurse was led to the gallows and the trap was sprung shortly after 9 a. m. (3 a. m. CST) on the ninth woman to be executed in Great Britain since the start of the century. Mrs. Waddingham was the first woman to pay the extreme penalty in England since Mrs. Ethel Lillie Major was hanged in the grim Hull prison Dec. 19, 1934, for the poison slaying of her husband. A crowd of 2,000 persons stood in nearby streets, watching a demonstration against capital punishment, while Mrs. Warddingham was hanged. Rides in Limousine. Riding in a limousine equipped with a loud speaker, Mrs. Van Der Elst attempted to drive through the gates to the Winson Green prison, but was turned back by police. Her automobile bore a large sign reading: "Men and women, I appeal to you to prevent the hanging of a mother. This barbaric age would hang the mother of five children." Men walked through the streets bearing placards: "Stop this terrible crime of hanging of a mother of five children." Police blocked off the streets leading to the prison, and 100 reserves were held in readiness at a nearby theater. She Sought Legacy. The state charged that Mrs. Waddingham poisoned her bedridden patient to obtain the 1,600 pounds (about $8,000) legacy which Mrs. Bag-uley had willed to her nurse. Mrs. Waddingham and Ronald J. Sullivan, co-operator with her of the Nottingham nursing home, were arrested Jan. 30, charged with putting Mrs. Baguley and her daughter, 50 year old Miss Ada Louisa Baguley, to death slowly with drugs. Sullivan, against whom the crown presented no evidence, was acquitted of the slaying of Mrs. Baguley, but Mrs. Waddingham was convicted of murder of Mrs. Baguley. A charge of murder of the mother also had been lodged against Mrs. Waddingham. No Reprieve Cause. The criminal appeal court rejected Mrs. Waddingham's appeal March 30, the home secretary denied a first appeal for clemency Tuesday night and took similar action again Wednesday night on the ground that no cause could be found to justify a reprieve. A black flag—traditional sign that the stern British penalty had

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  1. Globe-Gazette,
  2. 16 Apr 1936, Thu,
  3. Page 25

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