"Whether Mr. Murderer and Mrs. Murderous Manning were not both unusually stout people?"

Marie Manning was a Swiss domestic servant who was hanged outside Horsemonger Lane Gaol in England on 13 November 1849, after she and her husband were convicted of the murder of her lover, Patrick O'Connor. It was the first time a husband and wife had been executed together in England since 1700.

Charles Dickens, who attended the execution, wrote in a letter to The Times on the same day: "I believe that a sight so inconceivably awful as the wickedness and levity of the immense crowd collected at that execution this morning could be imagined by no man, and could be presented in no heathen land under the sun."