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On 23 September 1900, his wife's body was found on the beach, she had been strangled with a bootlace. Bennett fell under suspicion and was arrested and charged. The main evidence being a necklace she was wearing before the murder which was later found in Bennetts lodgings in London.
Bennett's trial opened on 24th February 1901 at the Old Bailey and he was defended by Sir Edward Marshall Hall. Hall, who tried to convince the jury that the necklace found in Bennett's lodgings was of a different design to the one in the photograph taken of her the day before her body was found.
With the background of feeling running high against the defendant, there was nothing Marshall Hall could do nothing to save Bennett from the gallows. He made no confession and was hanged at Norwich Gaol on 21st March 1901 by James Billington with his brother, Thomas, assisting.
Introduction by Edgar Wallace