Historical records matching Allen Grebell
About Allen Grebell
On March 16, 1743, John Breads, a downwardly mobile butcher/innkeeper/carrier, attacked and stabbed to death Allen Grebell, scion of Rye's oligarchy, as he walked late at night through the local churchyard. Breads may have mistaken Grebell for James Lamb, Rye's mayor, who had once fined him for cheating his customers. Grebell was, as it happens, Lamb's near neighbor and brother-in-law, and Monod suggests that Breads's blow was aimed as much at Rye's oligarchy as at the man in a scarlet cloak. In any event, Breads was quickly captured and tried--by James Lamb. He was convicted and hanged. The law found Breads's crime particularly heinous, and so his corpse was gibbeted, left hanging in an iron cage for all to see. Local cunning women stole bits of him for their potions, but even today the morbid may gaze upon the wages of sin in Rye, where a fragment of the murderer's skull remains on display.