two year old Hinson, a carpenter, shared a house with a Maria Death at
Wood Green. They lived together as man and wife despite the fact that he
already had a wife in his native Scotland.
During the autumn of 1869, he
began to suspect that Maria was having an affair with a man called
On 4th October he waited for them outside Wood Green
station and as they walked out he savagely attacked Boyd, whose life was
saved when a passer-by dragged off the crazed man.
Boyd fled from the
scene as Hinson dragged Maria home, where he pulled out a gun and shot
her in the chest before beating her about the head with the butt.
Satisfied that she was dead, he reloaded and went off' in search for
Boyd. Hinson found him in a stable where he coldly shot him dead, before
making a weak attempt to cut his own throat.
Hinson was immediately
arrested by a passing policeman and charged with the double murder. He
was sentenced to death at the Central Criminal Court on 26th November
and later hanged by William Calcraft.
The sentence was carried out in Newgate on the 13th December 1869.