Monument-style gravestone with Celtic cross



1864 - 1945

John “Babbacombe” Lee

Notorious for surviving three hangings after being convicted of murdering his employer in Babbacombe Bay, England. Three attempts were made to carry out Lee’s execution, but the scaffold’s trap door failed each time and the medical officer refused to continue. Lee became popularly known as “the man they couldn’t hang”. After his release from prison, he moved to the United States where he re-married and had a daughter.