William Podmore was executed in 1930 for the murder of Vivian Messiter in Southampton. Neither man was originally from Southampton. Messiter was working for the Wolf's Head Oil Company and had lodgings at Carlton Road. Podmore was his assistant and lodged in Cranbury Avenue. The case attracted considerable publicity and is notable for the use of forensic evidence. Public opinion was against the death penalty for Podmore as the evidence against him was not strong.

Newspaper clippings:

William Podmore - (Giles Playfair, Crime in our Century, 1977)


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