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Since the opening of HMP Reading in 1844, there have been ten executions within the prison’s walls. The first was that of Thomas Jennings, who was hanged for the murder of his children in 1845, followed by William Spicer, who killed his wife. Almost two decades later, John Gould was the next man to climb the gallows at Reading Prison, in 1862. His was the last public hanging at the gaol.