Talk:John Babbacombe Lee

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Lee's death[edit]

How could Lee have died in a workhouse in 1941, considering that the workhouse system was abolished by means of the 1929 Local Government Act? Loganberry 00:31, 11 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I did actually spot that at the time (I did most of the work on both articles) but that's what my source said so I'll leave it to somebody who has more exact information to sort out. Cutler 21:55, Nov 11, 2004 (UTC)
I did hear on a recent Radio 4 documentary that though workhouses were abolished in 1929, they did continue to exist de facto until the 1940s. I know no more than that. Cutler 12:32, Jan 14, 2005 (UTC)


I have actually read a very credible account of how it was that the trap door did not work when Lee was to hang. Surely someone else must have read this also and can add it here? Or would that ruin the story? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:01, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of The Man They Could Not Hang (book)[edit]

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Fairport Convention[edit]

I recommend listening to the Album 'Babbacombe Lee' by Fairport Convention-It provides a very detailed account of his whole life starting with John's reflections on his boyhood and introduction to Miss Keyes up until his failed hanging. Look what happens when you get an unfair trial. God may have took pity on him. (I am atheist but don't completely dismiss this belief). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:24, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Interesting article on what happened to him after 1907[edit]

The below article contains lots of information on tracking John Lee down to Milwaukee, including passenger manifests, intentions to become a US citizen etc.

[] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pscsuk (talkcontribs) 15:21, 15 December 2017 (UTC)