Richard Thomas Parker
He was christened in Thurgarton on 26 October 1834.
After a drunken row with Samuel Parker, his father, at their home in Fiskerton in Nottinghamshire, Parker shot his father and his mother, Elizabeth Parker, formerly Miss Tutbury. Parker's father survived, but his mother lingered on for several weeks and died on 16 May 1864 .
He was condemned to death. His execution was held publicly on the steps of the Shire Hall. Richard Charles Sutton, a local architect, was charged with the scaffold arrangements.
A large crowd estimated at 10,000 gathered on High Pavement to watch the execution. The scaffold was surrounded by boarding 4 feet high to prevent the public seeing the prisoner after the drop.
The acting under-sheriff Mr JT Brewster, the chaplain, Reverend W Howard, the prisoner and the hangman appeared on the scaffold at 8:00 am. As the chaplain uttered the words "In the midst of life we are in death" the bolt was drawn and Parker hung.
After hanging on the gallows for an hour, the body was cut down and buried.