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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th May 1959 Johnson and Bart's musical Lock up your daughters, premieres in London

28th May 1908 Born today: Ian Lancaster Fleming, London England, author (James Bond)

28th May 1897 Born today: Henry Kendall, London, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich and Strange)

28th May 1858 Dion Boucicault's Foul Play, premieres in London

28th May 1742 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)

28th May 1728 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth successfully sues agent Joshua Morris.

Killer Podola Caught



Killer Podola Caught

The site of the capture of cop killer Gunther Podola.

Location: South Kendington Station, London

Description: It was here on 13th July 1959, in a phone box outside of South Kensington tube station that German Gunther Podola was caught by police.

He was blackmailing model Mrs Verne Schiffman for the return of some items he had stolen during a burglary. She kept him talking while the police and Detective Sergeants Purdy and Sandford arrested Podola.

He escaped and ran off towards Onslow Square where he was recaptured, but show and killed Sergeant Purdy and he made his escape.

Podola was recaptured 3 days later, and was the last person hanged in Britain for killing a police officer.


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Killer Podola Caught

The site of the capture of cop killer Gunther Podola.


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Podola was hanged at 09:45 on 5th November, 1959. The execution took place within the walls of Wandsworth Prison. The executioner was Harry B. Allen. The assistant executioner was Royston L. Rickard. Podola was dropped 64". (Brent Walker)
Posted by Brent Walker on 2008-09-22
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