"Hammer Killer" Hanged
10th September 1941 - Robert Morris, 32, the man known as the Hammer Killer, has been hanged. Rumors regarding Morris' death are widespread. One witness reported: "He was hanging for a very long time, pulling on the straps and making unearthly noises, and blood was oozing through the black cap. The stench was terrible... some witnesses fainted and were carried out."
Morris' first victim was Tony Flanagan, 35, a fellow employee at the Banbury stonecutting factory. On 6th June 1940, Morris suddenly struck Flanagan on the head with a hammer, killing him instantly. All five workers present were killed in the same manner. Morris disappeared thereafter. A string of similiar crimes occurred until the time of Morris' arrest on 6th March in Arleton, Hampshire.
Morris' victims numbered twelve, and no clear motive has been determined. Specialists continue to be baffled by the seemingly abrupt change in his behavior, as well as the extreme violence of his crimes.