of Death Sentence for William Bury
last execution to take place in Dundee was in the year 1889, within
the walls of the prison of Dundee. Between the hours of 8 and 9
o'clock a.m., 29 year-old William Bury, thought by some to have
been Jack the Ripper, was executed for the crime of murdering his
wife. His trial was one of the longest trials in Dundee at the time.
poster declares that a sentence of death was passed on Bury on the
24th of April and includes a certification of death signed by J.W.
Miller M.D., the medical officer at the prison. Known for his drunkardness,
Bury confessed before his death his plan to kill his wife to acquire
her money, which he carried out - strangling, then stabbing her
and placing her body in a trunk. The couple had moved to Dundee
from London and had acquired lodgings on Princes Street, where the
murder took place.