On this day, May 6, in 1502, Sir James Tyrrell was beheaded after supposedly confessing to the murders of the Princes in the Tower.
In 1483, the princes, Edward V of England and his brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York, were sent to live in the Tower of London, a royal residence at the time.
The boys, ages 12 and 9, were a threat to their uncle Richard III's hold on the monarchy, and they soon vanished.
Two decades later, Tyrrell, an English knight, was arrested by Henry VII for supporting someone else for the throne. Under torture, Tyrrell admitted to killing the boys at the behest of Richard III.
In 1674, the skeletons of two children believed to be the princes were discovered under a Tower staircase. The remains were reburied in Westminster Abbey.
- Scott McCabe