The hearse arrives at City of London Cemetery
November 22, 2018
Edith Thompson, executed at Holloway Prison in 1923 for a crime she didn’t commit, was today reburied at her family’s plot in the City of London Cemetery.
Father Brian Creake awaits Edith’s coffin at the door to the church
Edith was hanged after her lover, Freddy Bywaters, killed her husband Percy Thompson. Her death was one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history.
On the morning of April 1st 1971, during the rebuilding of Holloway Prison, the remains of the five women who had been executed at the jail since 1852 were exhumed, including Edith Thompson.
Her family were not notified, and her coffin was secretly taken to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey (below), where she was buried alongside Styllou Christofi, Amelia Sach and Annie Walters in an unmarked grave.
Rene Weis, author of Criminal Justice, is Edith’s executor. He has been trying for years, along with family members, to rebury Edith Thompson alongside her parents in London.