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William Charles BENSON





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: The victim wanted to end their affair
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: September 5, 1928
Date of arrest: Same day (surrenders)
Date of birth: 1903
Victim profile: Charlotte Alice Harbor, 25 (his girlfriend)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Status: Executed by hanging at Wandsworth on November 20, 1928

A car-body builder from Bayswater, convicted of the murder of Mrs Charlotte Alice Harbor who was twenty five years old.  She was found stabbed to death on Coulsdon golf course. Surrey.

Benson had lodged with Mrs Harbour after he had become friendly with her husband. Sydney, when the two had worked together in 1925. She had two young children. and everyone lived together in Kentish Town. The Harbors were not well off, and all three adults slept in the same bedroom.

In 1927, Benson lost his job, and soon after was thrown out of the house when Harbor accused him of having an affair with his wife. In August of 1928, Mrs Harbor left her husband and moved into a flat at Littlehampton, which she had taken in the name of Benson. She had in fact been using the flat for several weeks prior to leaving her husband, spending the days there with Benson and returning home to Sydney in the evenings.

On 5 September, Mrs Harbor and her youngest child stayed with Benson in a Euston hotel room and left early in the morning. Later that day, Benson approached a policeman and admitted that he had just killed his girlfriend, and he directed him to the body.

At his Old Bailey trial before Mr Justice Finlay, he claimed that he had killed her after she had said that she wanted to end their affair and move back in with her husband. Benson was hanged on the 20 November 1928 by Robert Baxter and Lionel Mann.  When he was executed at Wandsworth he was only twenty five years old.



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