1958: Last man hanged

Brian Chandler earned a place in the history books on December 17, 1958.

When he became the last man to be hanged at Durham Prison.

The 20-year-old soldier was serving at Catterick Camp when he robbed Martha Ann Dodd, an 83-year-old widow from Darlington, and battered her to death with a hammer.

Although Chandler was the last to be executed at Durham, the death penalty was not abolished until November, 1965.

The last hangings took place in August, 1964.

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