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Covenanter John Dick was hanged at the Grassmarket in Edinburgh on this date in 1684. He had been condemned for rebellion just the day before. This divinity... read more »
In extending [Cesare] Beccaria‘s views on capital punishment to the history of lynching in the West, one begins to see that the “violent passions”... read more »
Bob Jones and Billy Miller were hanged together on this date in 1882 for the murder of three sons of Judge J.P. Walker. The Walker boys had been traveling... read more »
Last month, I visited Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, and it had quite an effect on me. Unlike many sanitised dark tourism sites, Kilmainham remains a forbidding... read more »
In her last blog (, Clare Anderson... read more »
On this date in 1401, Lollard priest William Sawtre(y) was burned at Smithfield for heresy — the first known heresy execution in England. The highlight... read more »
For the adversarial trial, the oath symbolizes the ascertainment of truth. Truth is emphasized in the witness swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth... read more »
On this date in 1996, Antonio James downed a last meal of fried oysters and crab gumbo, then went to the death chamber of Angola Prison to suffer lethal... read more »