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Photo: Murderer William Rutherford Benn, Great-Uncle of Politician Tony Benn And Margaret Rutherford’s Dad

By on 14 March 2014 | comments 0

FLASHBACK to 14/09/1983:

William Rutherford Benn, great-uncle of politician Tony Benn and father of the actress, the late Margaret Rutherford. A graphic account of how Tony Benn’s ancestor murdered his own father, twice attempted suicide, and years later died in an asylum is recorded in a new book to be published by W.H. Allen. The story is related in great detail in “Y Tony Benn- The Making of a Politician”, by Alfred Browne, Weekend Editor of Press Association.

 

Margaret Rutherford who becomes a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours, celebrates with a cup of tea at her home in Buckinghamshire. Date: 01/01/1967

Margaret Rutherford who becomes a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours, celebrates with a cup of tea at her home in Buckinghamshire.
Date: 01/01/1967

 

William Rutherford Benn murdered his father, the Reverend Julius Benn, a Congregational church minister, by bludgeoning him to death with a Worcester Spode chamberpot.

 

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