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In a piece discovered while researching the book, one newspaper report cried out a hideous warning - murdering babies was out of control...Amelia... read more »
The Infant School was opened in 1862 to relieve overcrowding in the Boys' and Girls' Schools either side of St John's Church. It also housed the hospital... read more »
The Martyrs Mirror hagiography of Reformation martyrs offers us these four stalwart subjects of the Habsburgs’ Low Countries patrimony: On the last... read more »
On this date in 1744, Skinnar Per Andersson was beheaded in Stockholm — a cautionary examplar of the limits of electoral change. Andersson, (English... read more »
Robert Clibburn, a prisoner at Dorchester in 1898 (Dorset History Centre, via Ancestry). Sadly, probably not the Robert mentioned in this story…... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1802, disgraced colonial administrator Joseph Wall was executed... read more »
On this date in 1573, the Jewish courtier Lippold ben Chluchim was broken on the wheel and cut into quarters. Most of the readily available information... read more »
Conference Organizers: Professor Laurence Brockliss and Dr Heather Ellis Overview Building on the Berlin conference, the aim of this conference was to... read more »
This building was constructed by H.J Savage as a general store in the mid 1850's. The Evans family, who were related to Savage, later ran the store and... read more »
ARNOLD COSBIE’S ultimum vale to the vain world. An Elegy written by himself in the Marshalsea after his condemnation. Break heart, be mute my sorrows... read more »
On this date in 1318, for kidnapping and robbing some churchmen, the Northumberland knight Sir Gilbert Middleton was condemned to be “hanged and... read more »
Jacob Bonfadius, a man otherwise not in the last place among the erudite, because of copulation with boys (a most vile and sordid thing), was beheaded... read more »
When my other half pointed out that there was a computer game where you could run your own prison, he probably didn’t think I would actually play... read more »
From 1753 petition for a licence for a ‘House for Publick Entertainment of Musick and Dancing’ What does a London Lives petition look like?... read more »
One last coda to our recent Iraqi coup series occurred after a day’s pause in the hecatombs, as reported by the New York Times on Jan. 25, 1970:... read more »
The Lake Frederick Inn was built by George Aitchison in 1833. Aitchison orginally came to Van Diemen's Land as a convict in 1819. He was a stonemason by... read more »
On this date in 1888, New York City crime lord Danny Driscoll went to the gallows in the Tombs. (Co-)leader of the Irish gang the Whyos — so named... read more »
From the Jan. 23, 1970 Times of India: Damascus, January 22. Iraq’s execution mill worked without let-up today with 36 people put to death in 24... read more »
From the Jan. 22 London Times: Baghdad, Jan 21. — Twenty-two people were executed in Baghdad today for plotting to overthrow the Iraq Government.... read more »
On January 20, 1970, the government of Iraq crushed a coup attempt … and in the days immediately ensuing it executed a reported 44 people. From... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 1922, Eleuterio Corral and Rumaldo Losano were hanged in New Mexico’s... read more »
Suffering once again for the want of time, I have taken the rare step of posting a full transcription of an account of this case…Reported in Alfred... read more »
The grand two storey mansion that still stands majestically on the corner of Napoleon Street & Sloane Streets in Battery Point was originally built... read more »
On this date in 1894, West Virginia hanged before a crowd of 3,000 for a mining camp murder three months before. Hardy was reportedly already at odds with... read more »
On this date in 1678, Covenanter radical James Mitchell was hanged at Edinburgh for attempting to murder the Archbishop of St. Andrews. Mitchell’s... read more »
The 17th of January in 2016 happens to mark the 3,001st consecutive day this diligent site has posted since it launched with a Halloween werewolf way back... read more »
On this date in 1983, Wang Zhong, once the Communist Party Secretary and district head of Haifeng county, Guangdong, was executed for corruption. The first... read more »
At least as early as 1828, a military station was established at Green Ponds as part of Governor Arthur’s chain of military posts to protect European... read more »
On this date in 1630, the city of Cologne burned Christina Plum. This aptly-named fruit vendor was a real peach. During Cologne’s 1627-1630 witch... read more »
Jericho continued on ITV with a plot that became interesting as the complexities of the central characters developed. read more »
On this date in 1784, for a murder in a bar brawl he had committed with his hard-drinking cronies, Tuscan mariner Cassumo Garcelli was hanged on Boston... read more »
Sadly, Alan Rickman, who played the deliciously hammy sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, passed away today. I am fascinated by the... read more »
A copy of the Police Gazette from 1831 Today, Ancestry has published more criminal records online. They are notices taken from The Police Gazette, which... read more »
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased... read more »
Whitestones is believed to have been built in 1839 as the Steam Packet Inn, licensed by Augustus Wood. Its location close to the wharf made it a popular... read more »
The New York Times of January 23, 1864 Gen. Getty: DEAR SIR: We, the subscribers, request to say that there was found this morning a dead man, and still... read more »
Last year on this date, Saudi Arabia’s execution wave consumed a Burmese woman named Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim. Condemned for the murder and... read more »
Jack Gilbert Graham was gassed* on this date in 1957 in Colorado for a cold-blooded mass murder in the skies. Just a petty crook until his turn towards... read more »
I listened to this song tonight -- in a different version that I can't find online -- and I thought, because of its topic, it was relevant for this site... read more »
Some may argue (for good reason) that the collapse of space and time is a commonplace condition of twenty-first century life. From where I sit, however,... read more »
Once more, a very Happy New Year to all readers, old and new...To break (me!) back in gently, here is the latest regular update on writing my new book:... read more »
In 1842, William Keeler Hawkes established a boys’ boarding school at Franklin Village. As part of their Christian education, the boys walked each... read more »
Laszlo Bardossy, one of Hungary’s several wartime Prime Ministers, was shot on this date in 1946. Bardossy was a longtime diplomat who had become... read more »
This report of the New York Times, Jan. 10, 1899, concerns the forgettable murderer whose electrocution was approved on his first day in office by New... read more »
Jericho is essential viewing for Victorianists. But is it aimed at the Downton Abbey market, or is it intended to be gritty social history? The question... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in North Carolina, a middle-aged man named Asbury Respus was executed... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) An unusual handbill was distributed in the areas of North Somerset and North Devon... read more »
On this date in 1927, Robert Greene Elliott — the “state electrician” who wired the majesty of the law to condemned men and women from... read more »
Built in 1836 by Joseph Solomon as the Clarendon Stores. For the next 130 years, it was atypical country general store selling just about anything you... read more »