Edward Raymond Horton (28 July 1928 – 10 November 1977) was a New Zealand murderer, in 1948. He was born in Blenheim, New Zealand on 28 July 1928.[1]

He murdered and raped a widow in Wellington in 1948, and his conviction became an influence on the restoration of the death penalty in 1950; although at 20 he was still a juvenile the Capital Punishment Act, 1950 [2] exempted juveniles under 18 only. He was released from prison on a lifetime parole in 1971.

Horton escaped from Mount Eden Prison in 1955. He was arrested by the same officer who had headed the initial arrest in 1948, Cyril Naylor. [3]

Horton died from a heart attack in 1977.


  1. ^ Boston, Peter. "Edward Raymond Horton". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Capital Punishment Act, 1950". New Zealand Law online. 1950.
  3. ^ Edwards, Jessy. "Cyril Naylor turns 100 and recalls the day he captured a killer". Stuff. Stuff. Retrieved 21 April 2021.