“The Murder of F. C. Benwell”


J. R. Birchell is condemned to die for murdering F. C. Benwell. He had tried to pretend innocence in the trial; the attempt failed. His wife bids him farewell, and he is hanged


According to Spaeth, "J. R. Birchell killed F. C. Benwell in the swamps near Blenheim, Ontario, and then wrote the account of his own execution...." As, however, no date is offered, and the same story is told about every "Charles Guiteau" variant, the reader is advised to take this with a grain of salt. - RBW

Cross references


  • Lamont Tilden, "The Murder of F. C. Benwell" (on Ontario1)


  1. Laws E26, "The Murder of F. C. Benwell"
  2. LPound-ABS, 65, pp. 148-149, "The Death of Bendall" (1 text, joined with "Charles Guiteau")
  3. Burt, p. 228-229, "(J. R. Birchell)" (1 text)
  4. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 135-136, "The Murder of F. C. Benwell" (1 text)
  5. DT 732, MURBENW*
  6. Roud #2255
  7. BI, LE26


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918
Keywords: homicide execution
Found in: US(MW,Ro) Canada(Ont)