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We are used to the idea that business works best when there is competition. Throughout the 1980s we were consistently told that privatised industry was... read more »
On this date in 2013, hoping “for people to think of me as a person who is filled with a lot of love for people, not filled with hate for people,”... read more »
In  November 1895 two women living in and around Harringay Park received disturbing letters in the post.  The letters contained threats and were... read more »
November 19 is the feast date of Diocletian martyr Saint Barlaam of Antioch.* A Cappadocian peasant, Barlaam defeated through righteous willpower a Roman... read more »
Emma Hawkins clearly loved books. In fact she sometimes became so caught up in the reading of books that she quite forgot where she was, or even that the... read more »
i>(Thanks to Robert Elder of Last Words of the Executed — the blog, and the book — for the guest post. This post originally appeared on... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1787, Margaret Savage was publicly hanged in front of Newgate... read more »
Some of the cases that came before the Police Court magistrates seem particularly unimportant or trivial. It must have been quite frustrating, if not downright... read more »
This is an unusual case, and one that remained unresolved (as many did that came before the London Police courts). In mid November 1867 a solicitor approached... read more »
On this date in 1880,* Russian revolutionaries Alexander Kvyatkovsky and Andrei Presnyakov were hanged at St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Fortress.... read more »
We are delighted to publish this guest post by John Owen Havard, Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University, whose forthcoming work includes... read more »
We are all probably familiar with the character of Fagin, created by Charles Dickens as the central villain of Oliver Twist. Fagin is a receiver of... read more »
On this date in 1892, globetrotting murderer Thomas Neill Cream hanged. Act I Glasgow-born, Cream grew up in Canada and did his parents proud by becoming... read more »
On this date in 1879, a third of a conspiracy known as the “Blue-Eyed Six” — guess why — hanged for murder. Having taken out insurance... read more »
George Carter was tired. In fact he was so tired that he felt he needed, and deserved, a holiday. Sadly for him his employer, the North London Metropolitan... read more »
From the Newgate Calendar, which misstates the date of Montgomery’s execution because of course it does. In the absence of a modern bankruptcy framework,... read more »
The Soho Bazaar, c.1815 Mary Allen was almost certainly a pseudonym. The woman using this device was quite respectable and claimed to be protecting her... read more »
Some of the cases that come before the nineteenth-century magistracy are useful in revealing how criminals operated. The most common type of offending... read more »
Cuba executed thirteen people in the course of this week in 1963 as CIA agents. This date marked the middle group, as detailed in the Nov. 13, 1963 New... read more »
On this date in 1942, the Swiss artillerist Ernst Schrämli was shot for treason. The dogged independence of Switzerland during World War II presented... read more »
O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band... read more »
On this date in 1735, Elizabeth Armstrong* was executed at Tyburn for winning a drunken brawl. The account of the events that brought Armstrong to the... read more »
At a local history exhibition on the Isle of Wight last month, I was surprised to discover a link between our Island house and a nefarious criminal from... read more »
The Havelock Arms in Albion Drive, Dalston in the 20th century On the morning of the 10 November 1888 the reports from the London Police Courts in The... read more »
On this date in 1641, one of Denmark’s most famous witches suffered at the stake. Maren Splid, Spliid, or Splids (English Wikipedia entry | Danish)... read more »
If the Match Girls’ strike of 1888 and the Great Dock Strike of August 1889 can be seen as two of the most important victories for the British Trades... read more »
On this date in 1873, twelve more Cuban revolutionaries condemned by the Spanish military were shot in Santiago de Cuba, raising the overall November 7-8... read more »
Charles Brighton had gone to bed at about 11 at night on the 26 October 1874. Brighton, a stableman, lived with his wife and children in Lombard Street,... read more »
On this date in 1873, Joseph Fry,* captain of the captured U.S. blockade runner Virginius, was shot in Santiago de Cuba along with 36 of his crew members.... read more »
Farringdon station under construction in the 1860s The news feed is still dominated by the Westminster ‘sex pest’ scandal with a growing list... read more »