The Bermondsey Horror of 1849 — Maria and Frederick Manning

The story behind the public execution Charles Dickens attended.

“I was a witness of the execution at Horsemonger Lane this morning.I believe that the a sight so inconceivably awful as the wickedness and levity of the crowd collected at that execution this morning.When the two miserable creatures who attracted all this ghastly sight about them were turned quivering into the air there was no more emotion, no more pity, no more thought that two immortal souls had gone to judgement, than if