|Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey being murdered|
"On the 26th November, 1911, three men were hanged at Greenberry Hill in London after being convicted of the murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey. The killers names were Robert Green, Henry Berry and Lawrence Hill (Green, Berry, and Hill)."
Sounds an interesting coincidence but in reality it's a load of tosh and that's the problem with some of the classic coincidences that are often regurgitated. And, yes, it's no doubt possible there are some on this blog too!
Here's what really happened:
Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey's life stretched from the 23rd of December 1621 to the 12th of October 1678 - so nope, he wasn't about in 1911.
Godfrey was actually murdered on the 12th of October 1678. He was was found dead in a ditch on Primrose Hill and was lying face down. He had been impaled with his own sword.
About Godfrey's murder Wikipedia states:
On the other hand, curious people had already trampled the ground when investigators arrived. The body was covered with bruises and a circular mark around Godfrey's neck revealed that he had been strangled. The sword wound had not bled, meaning that Godfrey was already dead when he was impaled, maybe for 4–5 days. Authorities announced a reward of £500 for information about the murderers."
To cut a long story short three men, Robert Green, Henry Berry and Lawrence Hill, were arrested.
The three men were sentenced to death on the 5th of February 1679 and hanged at Primrose Hill. For a time this became known as 'Greenberry Hill', because of the hangings of Green, Berry and Hill.
So unfortunately no coincidence on this occasion.
Other Classic Coincidences - pull them to bits if you want!
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