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On this date in 1865, the Japanese samurai Okada Izo was dispatched by crucifixion. He was one of* the “Four Hitokiri — manslayers — whose legendary blades coruscated in the Bakumatsu era that marked Japan’s pivot from an isolationist...
Posting on Mad, Bad and Desperate has been a little tardy of late, but for good reason. I am thrilled to announce that I have signed a contract with Pen and Sword, to publish a new book inspired by this blog.Mad or Bad: A History of Crime and Insanity...
The Isle of the Dead (also known as Dead Island) was originally called Opossum Island after the vessel under the command of the Port Officer at Hobart Town, Captain John Welsh, during his survey for a penal settlement. The establishment of Port Arthur...
My interest in medieval crime and execution has led to many an interesting late night Google search. One person whose name keeps popping up is that of an obscure chap called Murcod Ballagh. According to some websites he is the first known victim...
Sochaczewski placed himself right of the obelisk, standing My recent discovery of Alexander Sochaczewski’s painting, Farewell to Europe!, in the Museum Pawilon-X in Warsaw compelled me to think anew about the experience of political exile...
Over 2.75 million new crime records released by Findmypast this week. This incredibly large and exciting collection will be a real boon to researchers.  There are over 3.2 million records in total and they date from 1770 to 1935.  I look forward...
Even with the wealth of records at our finger tips for researching lives the dynamic between a women and men who were married, cohabiting, or even courting, is difficult to gage. For those that leave memoirs or are deemed important enough to have biographies...
Mention Victorian crime in Reading and most people immediately think of Mrs Dyer, an unscrupulous baby farmer and one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. When I moved to Caversham, close to the spot in the river Thames where Dyer disposed...

books for fall 2015.

29 June 2015
If you are taking History 2219 or History 3296/3280 at Temple University Ambler Campus this fall, welcome! The books available for the course are available as ebooks or can be purchased used (often for a lower cost than renting them from the...
John Brown had a bit of a predilection. The white-haired Londoner, who was around 70 years old, had a disconcerting habit of exposing himself in public places. John Brown would get his John Thomas out at every opportunity, in any public place in...
When most of us think of criminal trials, our general point of reference is popular culture. Courtroom dramas like Janet King, Rake, and Law and Order typically script a characterisation of a full prosecution process. There are the pre-trial activities...
View near Woolwich in Kent, c. 1800. From the collections of the State Library of NSW.We’ll soon be starting a regular series we’re calling Convict Tales. Every week (or thereabouts), we’ll tweet and blog about individual...
On the evening of 21 December 1884, Frederick Marshall climbed through the bedroom window of Laura Wilson, aged 17, and murdered her.[i] ‘Terrible Murder at Woolwich’, Illustrated Police News, 3 January 1885 The two were previously betrothed,...
In a previous life as a professional family history researcher, I used to spend a lot of time searching through the parish registers at Gloucestershire Archives. On one occasion, when I was looking in the burial registers of St Nicholas Parish Church,...
After this year’s Appleby horse fair, the Westmorland Gazette reported that Dene Stansall, who works for Animal Aid, a Kent-based organisation, wanted to see an end of the whole fair. The Gazette does not endorse Stansall’s opinion, but reported...

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