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from the Morning Chronicle, 3 August 1855 In 1855, the Morning Chronicle in London published a list of capital punishments in Scotland (see above). The... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1956, Zulu witch doctor Elifasi Msomi was executed in at Pretoria... read more »
This material is drawn from the chapter that I am currently writing, which explores the roles and responsibilities of the various different policing agents... read more »
In early February 1866 a ‘decent looking young man’ was presented at Mansion House Police Court on a charge of robbery. Joseph Searle was accused... read more »
John Lilburne by George Glover, from The Christian mans triall (1641). © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG D10576 (CC BY-NC-ND... read more »
On this date in 1883,* Albuquerque hanged its Town Marshal. Milton Yarberry was one of those belt-notching Wild West gunmen badass enough to be worth deputizing... read more »
  Two weeks ago, a joint workshop on ‘Forced labour, confinement and repression: European, Imperial and Post-Colonial Perspectives’ was... read more »
Benjamin Elliot was appalled to see a ‘monkey boat’* being towed along the Thames at the Horseferry by a tug, seemingly without anyone on board... read more »
On this date in 1943, Nazi guns immortalized five student martyrs of the French Resistance. The Five Martyrs of the lycee Buffon were Parisian high school... read more »
Parish Dustman, c.1820 Not for the first time I’m indebted to the curiosity of a fellow historian to make sense of a very short entry in the newspapers... read more »
“The two that swung in Birmingham, with ordered step From off the gallows floor.” -Brendan Behan On February 7, 1940 — Ash Wednesday,... read more »
Most if not all of the Belgians I know or have ever met are gentle, intelligent and considerate individuals and we rarely associate violence with that... read more »
On this date in 1967, Sunny Ang hanged in Singapore for murder. “This is an unusual case insofar as Singapore, or for that matter Malaysia,* is concerned,”... read more »
  The case that the Morning Post’s reporter chose to relate to his readers from the Westminster Police Court on the 6 February 1875 was a rather... read more »
Three hundred years ago today, Anna Maria Wagemann suffered the last witch execution at Fürfeld. Conveniently available information on this case appears... read more »
Until the 20th century drug abuse (as we would term it) wasn’t really a matter for the law. Despite characterisations of areas such as Limehouse... read more »
Next door to Australia's oldest working theatre, the Theatre Royal built in 1837, there has always been a watering hole. In fact, for most of the 19th... read more »
On this date in 1939, the murderer Maurice Pilorge dropped his beautiful head under the blade. This strange execution by retrospect almost marks the pivot... read more »
Mile End, c.1910 Mile End in East London had a reputation as a hard working-class area in the late nineteenth century; indeed it maintained that reputation... read more »
On this date in 1903, the Finchley baby farmers hanged together at Holloway Prison. Though “both repulsive in type” according to the cold notes... read more »
Theft in all its forms was common in the nineteenth century but it was often gendered. Most of those appearing in court were men (and most often young... read more »
Lisa Durnian examines patricide prosecutions where children killed their mothers’ abusers. Research Brief 27 – originally published as part... read more »
Ottoman politician Tabaniyassi (“Flat-Footed”) Mehmed Pasha was executed by drowning on this date in 1637, having fallen foul of the tyrannous... read more »
  Yesterday myself and a colleague from the University of Northampton visited the London Academy school in Edgware to talk to their Sixth form students... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1832, three young men were hanged in front of Nottingham’s... read more »
The new Paddington railway station, c.1866-70 Mr D’Eyncourt had only just taken his seat on the bench at the Marylebone Police Court when his first... read more »