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Thomas Pankhurst
Thomas Pankhurst
Background information
Occupation Builder's labourer (unemployed)
Born ca. 1941
Imprisoned at Broadmoor Hospital
Attack information
Date June 23, 1971
Location(s) Biddenden, United Kingdom
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Melee weapon

Thomas Pankhurst was a British unemployed builder's labourer who killed his wife and five children in Biddenden, United Kingdom on June 23, 1971.

After the murders Pankhurst climbed a 14 feet high electric pylon in a field about a quarter mile from his home in an attempt to commit suicide. When he touched the terminals the shock threw him into barbed wire below, where he was later found by his brother Charles, who then called the police. While Pankhurst was brought to a hospital in East Grinstead in serious condition with burns and a broken ankle, police discovered the bodies of his family in his house, lying in two bedrooms with their throats cut.[1][2][3][4]

Pankhurst was admitted to Broadmoor Hospital. On December 29, 1975 he was granted a period of leave and sent to Bexley Hospital to assist his rehabilitation.[5][6]

VictimsEdit

Those killed were:[7]

  • Margaret Wendy Pankhurst, 29
  • Susan Pankhurst, 9
  • Nicholas Pankhurst, 6
  • Sarah Pankhurst, 5
  • Aubrey Pankhurst, 3
  • Garry Pankhurst, 2

ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • News in brief, The Times (June 24, 1971)
  • Murder hearing is held in ambulance, The Times (June 30, 1971)
  • Killer may be let out, The Guardian (January 12, 1976)
  • The killer next door, Daily Express (January 17, 1976)
  • Family of 6 is murdered, Daily Mirror, (January 24, 1971)
  • They play in fear of a killer, Daily Mirror (January 17, 1976)

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