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The U.S. states of Washington and Oregon both hanged murderers on this date in 1902. Oregon The death knell for local public(ish) hangings in Oregon took... read more »
We’re often asked for advice about finding out more about defendants than is contained in the digitised Proceedings. This guest post by Chris Barnes... read more »
Tuesday 14 January 1840 The Rules, Sarah Martin’s Everyday Book The Gaoler stops the prison visitor on her way to teach the boys in the House of... read more »
On Saturday, January 3, 1857, the Archbishop of Paris Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont when Jean-Loiuis Verger stepped... read more »
Part III: Battles in courtThe Victorian alienists had to fight innumerable battles in court, but no one victory ever won the war.  The most caustic... read more »
Henry Charles Lea‘s A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages brings us the following anecdote of the Kafkaesque legal trap in which those... read more »
January 28, 1820 was the scheduled hanging-date for Stephen Boorn in Vermont, who was spared by the stroke of luck in one of the Republic’s seminal... read more »
On this date in 1868, a trio of notorious Italian brigands went under the French guillotine in Marseilles. Joseph Coda-Zabetta, the leader, had escaped... read more »
My attention was caught by Marion Diamond's recent blog, 'Reading Old Letters.' Marion... read more »
We turn today to William Crookshank’s (certainly partisan) narrative of the hanging of two Scottish Covenanters on this date in Edinburgh, as told... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 1928, a lawman was electrocuted in Nashville, Tennessee for the... read more »
Monday 13 January 1840 Today the prison visitor must chide 'the little boys' again: 'it made me very unhappy every day I came to find either one or other... read more »
Ten men were executed at dawn on this date in 1962 in Tunis for an assassination plot against President Habib Bourguiba. Lazhar Chraiti. His daughter... read more »
During the last year of the First World War, on the night of 17/18 May, over 70 leading members of Sinn Fein were arrested under the terms of the Defence... read more »
A guest post by Adrian Teal, who will be well known to some readers as a caricaturist with leanings towards the 18th century… When you're spending... read more »
The Neapolitan King Robert “the Wise”* dominated Italian politics for his 34-year reign, but his death in 1343 left a disastrously disputed... read more »
For every crime, and every offender traced to the streets of sprawling Victorian cities, we capture a few moments of life unfolding before us on the page.... read more »
The winner of England’s last fatal duel was hanged at Newgate on this date in 1855 … but not for the duel. Both participants in that duel,... read more »
January 21 is the feast date and traditional martyrdom date (in the year 304) of Agnes of Rome, a 13-year-old put to death in the Diocletian persecutions... read more »
A 37-second security camera clip of a Tehran being mugged by machete-wielding assailants went viral to great outrage in Iran in December 2012, and resulted... read more »
Welcome to the new occasional series on celebrity cases...Broken Criminal Minds : I - Richard Dadd: artist, murderer, inmateAt the time of Daniel M'Naghten's... read more »
Sunday 12 January 1840 Sarah Martin gathers her strength to deliver her Sunday morning sermon in the prison chapel. Rarely does she miss a visit to the... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1891, middle-aged widower James M. Eubanks was hanged in the yard... read more »
I started blogging in about May 2004, near the end of the early phase of the history of blogging, although the history blogosphere and academic blogging... read more »
On this date in 2000, music producer Bill Ham — noted as the manager of ZZ Top — settled into the witness booth at Huntsville to watch Spencer... read more »
This week the Office of National Statistics has reported that they are no longer designating the Police Recorded Crime figures as 'National Statistics'.... read more »
On this date in 1944, German freethinker Max Sievers was beheaded at Brandenburg Prison for “conspiracy to commit high treason along with favouring... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1942, Senitsa Vershovsky was shot in the city of Kremenchuk in... read more »
Detail from George Cruikshank's illustration for original serialisation of Oliver Twist (1837-9). Courtesy David Perdue's Dickens Page Wednesday 8 January... read more »
On this date in 1973,* under the then-new martial law regime of Philippines strongman Ferdinand Marcos, a 52-year-old Chinese businessman was shot at Fort... read more »
January 14, 1730, was the date appointed for the public hanging in Philadelphia of James Prouse and James Mitchel for burglary. Prouse, for his part, admitted... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1869, a man named William German was lynched by the newly formed... read more »
Samuel Wright and George Townley both murdered romantic partners late in 1863. Both were tried, convicted, and condemned to hang in very short order and... read more »
The British Society for Eighteenth-century Studies has awarded its 2014 prize for the best digital resource supporting eighteenth- century studies to Locating... read more »
Warning: Graphic severed head pictures await at the bottom of this post. On this date in 1911, the guillotine returned France after an absence of more... read more »
'Sarah Martin the Jail Missionary' Women of Worth: A Book for Girls (London: James Hogg, 1859), p. 58 Tuesday 7 January 1840 Yesterday the boys in the... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) One year ago today, 57-year-old Zhang Yongming was executed in China, just six... read more »
In the days of capital punishment, The M'Naghten Rules, first drafted in 1843, were Britain's early response to criminal behaviour acted out while apparently... read more »
A year ago today, a blindfolded, white-clad Rizana Nafeek had her head chopped off in public in Dawadmy, near the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Rizana Nafeek,... read more »
In my earlier post, “How many prisoners were buried at Gloucester Prison?”, I reported that out of the 121 prisoners who were hanged at Gloucester... read more »
On this date in 1690, the Russian stolnik (an administrative office in the Russian court) Andrei Ilyich Bezobrazov was put to death with the magicians... read more »
On this date in 1355, the 29-year-old lover of the Portuguese crown prince was put to summary death by the reigning king’s minions. Ines de Castro... read more »
Monday 6 January 1840 Detail from 'Sarah Martin the Jail Missionary' Women of Worth: A Book for Girls (London: James Hogg, 1859), p. 58 'The young Boys... read more »
Felix Platter is our narrator for Guillaume Dalencon’s death at the stake on this date in 1554. This book portrays the 16th century through the... read more »
Sunday 5 January 1840 Underground cells, Tolhouse, Great Yarmouth Borough Gaol On Friday, Sarah Martin wrote of a sixteen-year-old factory girl imprisoned... read more »
(From the Newgate Calendar) At the Admiralty sessions, held at the Old Bailey, on the 17th of December, 1770, David Ferguson, master of the merchant-ship... read more »
War in the Shadows: the Irish-American Fenians who bombed Victorian Britain. Dr Shane Kenna, Merrion, 2014. read more »
LONDON, Jan. 4 (U.P.) — The Morocco radio tonight quoted an announcement from General Henri Honore Giraud’s headquarters that an unspecified... read more »
Thursday 2 January 1840 Market Row, Great Yarmouth where 2 boys broke into Mr Cohen’s shop.Courtesy Norfolk County Council We do not know if prisoners... read more »
On this date in 1898, an ornery gold prospector became the victim of an Alaskan miner’s court … and a great gold rush scam. This is a tragic... read more »