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A new website aimed at helping people research their family’s criminal history was launched last weekend in Hull. The website, Our Criminal Ancestors,... read more »
It was midday on 24 April 1883 and the verger to the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral (a Mr Green) was close by the choir with his assistant. He noticed... read more »
I am often reminded of how tremendously ignorant I am of some aspects of history. Most of my  study has been concerned with Britain and Europe and... read more »
From the Boston Gazette, Aug. 4, 1752: BRISTOL, April 18. Last Saturday about 4 o’Clock in the Afternoon ended the Assizes for this City and County,... read more »
On this date in 1941, Harry Gleeson hanged for murder in Ireland — wrongly, the government admitted in 2015. Gleeson was the nephew and farmhand... read more »
Today we are constantly urged to avoid becoming embroiled in street crime for fear that we might be injured or worse if we attempt to help others. This... read more »
April 22 is the Christian feast date of Saint Leonides of Alexandria, the patron saint of being surpassed by your children.* The Christian historian Eusebius... read more »
Elizabeth Collinson was employed as a servant in the household of Mr Morris, a cabinetmaker in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. When his wife discovered that... read more »
On this date in 1533, a German woman, nameless to posterity, was burnt as a witch in the town of Schiltach. Engraving of Schiltach from 1643, a century... read more »
PC Monaghan was on patrol at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 21 April 1880. As the constable entered the canon... read more »
On this date in 1620, Thomas Dempster was condemned by a Scottish assize to execution for counterfeiting. No documentation specifying the execution date... read more »
One of my crime history heroes is Alphonse Bertillon, the French criminologist who began as a humble clerk and ended up developing a worldwide system for... read more »
On most days the reports from the Metropolitan Police courts concerned the lives of very ordinary Londoners. The criminal, the mentally ill, the aged,... read more »
On this date in 1246, Brandur Kolbeinsson suffered a summary beheading. The chieftain of Iceland’s powerful Ásbirningar clan — it was... read more »
Under the terms of the Married Women’s Property Act (1882) the law stated that: A married woman shall, in accordance with the provisions of this... read more »
On this date in 1818, four hanged at Lancaster Castle for uttering forged notes, along with a fifth hanged for burglary and horse theft — all casualties... read more »
A Hindu temple in Bangalore in the 1880s  This week the news is rightly dominated by the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation. This country... read more »
Above: The Headsman’s internal monologue. One of this here site‘s recurring motifs — and definitional challenges — is the blurry... read more »
On this date in 1922, a Turkish official implicated in the Armenian genocide had a death sentence enforced upon him … by an assassin’s bullet.... read more »
If you know me, the topic of this first post may come as unsurprising but also a bit eyebrow-raising. “Sharon, you’ve been working on the Old... read more »
PC Baker (108G) was on duty in Buckeridge Street, St Giles in mid April 1844 when he heard a shout of ‘murder!’ In the mid nineteenth century... read more »
When current India Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he implemented a “Tribal Martyrs’ Day” celebration for... read more »
Let’s not beat about the bush, James Bull was an alcoholic. In 1840 the papers referred to him as ‘dissipated’ by they meant that he... read more »
On this date in 1345, Giovanni Martinozzi died for the faith in Cairo. Martinozzi was a Franciscan who hailed from one of the prominent families of Siena.... read more »
This case is amongst the earliest I’ve looked at for the Metropolitan Police Courts predating in fact, both the beginning of Victoria’s reign... read more »
On this date in 2004, Italian mercenary Fabrizio Quattrocchi was executed by Iraqi insurgents. A former Italian army corporal turned baker, Quattrocchi... read more »
A ghost sign in modern Boston I’ve just returned from a fantastic trip to Massachusetts, and while there, of course, thought to research some of... read more »
Giuseppe Mazzini A crowd had gathered outside 7 Hardington Place, Portman Market in Marylebone. It was about 10.30 at night and a man was at a first floor... read more »
Every small boy used to want a bike for Christmas, maybe they still do (but I suspect its the latest iPhone, video game, or tablet that top the lists in... read more »
Original Dublin broadsheet via James Kelly’s Gallows Speeches: From Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Last Speech, Confession and Dying Words of William... read more »