Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Man Hanged by the Telegraph

The unmanned aircraft world is still looking for its hero. New technology seems to go unnoticed until it has a breakthrough moment. In 1845 the telegraph was in use but not setting the world alight, much like current UA systems.

All that changed when John Tawell  poisoned his mistress Sarah. He made his escape on the fastest means of transport available at the time, the train.

He was seen leaving the scene of the crime and local police officers used the telegraph to signal ahead.

The Times reported that “Had it not been for the efficient aid of the electric telegraph, both at Slough and Paddington, the greatest difficulty, as well as delay, would have occurred in the apprehension”.

The rest of the story is here.