Edwin Bush

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Edwin Bush was the first British criminal to be caught through the use of the Identikit facial composite system.[1] He was 21 years old when he was executed at Pentonville Prison in London on 6 July 1961.

Bush was sentenced to death on 12 May 1961 at the Old Bailey, for the capital murder on 3 March 1961 of Elsie May Batten, a 59-year-old assistant in an antique shop in Cecil Court off Charing Cross Road in London. Mrs Batten had been found stabbed to death with an antique dagger in the shop where she worked.[2]

Bush was the second to last criminal executed in London and the twelfth to last in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Wanted— faces that fit the bill", New Scientist, 16 May 1985, p. 26
  2. ^ "MURDERED IN A CURIOSITY SHOP— Bizarre London stabbing", Sydney Morning Herald, 5 March 1961, p. 3

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