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On this date in 2000, Japan hanged three fifth-something murderers. While Takashi Miyawaki and Kunikatsu Oishi were rather garden-variety criminals who... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) At some unspecified day in November 1284, in Edward I’s England, Alice Bowe... read more »
BBC Radio 4, 8pm 27th November 2013 Michael Buerk, Ann McElvoy, Giles Fraser, Matthew Taylor, Claire Fox.  ... read more »
Counterfeiting has been a threat to financial stability ever since the creation of coinage and continues to be a menace today. When we think of counterfeiting,... read more »
Once again, a post on the disorganized digitized, this time the Harleian Miscellany (Wikipedia entry), a selection of pamphlets and texts from the archive... read more »
On this date in 2008, Chinese biochemist and businessman Wo Weihan was shot for espionage along with his alleged co-conspirator Guo Wanjun. Wo had been... read more »
Recently there was a big debate concerning whether or not prisoners should be allowed to vote in political elections. The final decision was that they... read more »
On this date in 602 (although some sources prefer November 23, but that’s close enough for ancient history) the 20-year reign of Byzantine Emperor... read more »
This still-notorious lynching — America’s seminal lynching for the broadcast media era — has been portrayed several times on the silver... read more »
November 25, 1881, was the day after Thanksgiving. And that date was a true “Black Friday” on the American gallows: four distinct murderers,... read more »
The Leeds Intelligencer, 25November 1755: Last Wednesday the Coroner's inquest sat upon the Body of a Child found dead, shockingly mangled and torn. It... read more »
On this date in 1879, the British Consul General in Bangkok lost his son-in-law to the headsman. Fanny Knox was the multiracial daughter of Consul Thomas... read more »
Charlie and Ida Payne, September 1918 My grandfather, Private Charlie Payne was a Lewis gunner in B Company, Number 7 Platoon, of the 2/5th battalion,... read more »
One of the central background issues in my study of the Pace case are the changes in the ways that femininity, masculinity and marriage were seen in the... read more »
On this date in 1955, the East German Prime Minister’s own chief secretary was beheaded as a spy, along with her lover. You’ll find this affair... read more »
(Thanks to Amelia Fedo, a graduate student in French literature, for the guest post.) He didn’t know it yet, but on this date in 1793, a brilliant... read more »
On this date in 1797, two French slaves were hanged in Charleston for plotting rebellion. This plot was the product of the liberation-minded aftermath... read more »
On this date in 1903, Peter Mortensen was shot over a lumber bill. The evidence against Peter Mortensen was circumstantial: a moonlight witness, some unexplained... read more »
On November 19, 1720, Edward Hunt was hanged in Philadelphia. He was the only Pennsylvanian executed for treason prior to the American Revolution —... read more »
On this date in 1427, the merchant-mayor of Wismar was beheaded — the incidental casualty of a Baltic trade war. The Hanseatic League, that vast... read more »
Would you like to work with us? We are looking for two highly motivated individuals to join our research team on the Arts and Humanities Research Council... read more »
RAND MINING RECOVERY. LOWER WORKING COSTS. (From our correspondent.) JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 28. The Rand Daily Mail, in an article dealing with the economic... read more »
On this date in 1688, colonial Boston hanged its last witch … or, its first Catholic martyr. Goodwife Ann Glover was an Irishwoman who had been among... read more »
In 1845 the bricklayer, James Thirkettle, was sent to the solitary cell for a day for making marks on the back of his hand by pricking with a needle and... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 2011, multi-filicide Reginald Brooks was executed in the Southern... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1888, after a hearty breakfast of beefsteak, eggs, sweet potatoes... read more »
Following the restoration of the monarchy in England in 1640, 'vices' supressed under the Commonwealth were allowed to resurface and flourish, with London... read more »
On this date in 2010, Farid Baghlani was hanged in Ahvaz for a 2004-2008 serial murder spree that claimed the lives of six women. At trial, Baghlani openly... read more »
At 6:45 a.m. on this date in 1969, the Chinese Marxist statesman and intellectual Liu Shaoqi passed away secretly in a room of the Kaifeng Municipal Revolutionary... read more »
Before the new county prison opened in 1791, most prisoners who were condemned to death at Gloucestershire’s Assizes were hanged at the nearby village... read more »
On this date in 1806, the Neapolitan partisan Michele Pezza was hanged as a bandit. Better known by his infernal nickname “Fra Diavolo” —... read more »
On this date in 1571, Anneken Hendriks was martyred in Amsterdam as an Anabaptist. She was about 53 years old and illiterate, and had come to Amsterdam... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1942, a boyishly handsome G.I. named Edward Joseph “Eddie”... read more »
On this date in 1752, the Scotsman Seamus a’ Ghlinne mounted a gallows above the narrows at Ballaculish with the reproach of Psalm 35 for his persecutors:... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On November 7, 1918, mere days before the end of World War I, British privates... read more »
I’m heading to the North American Conference on British Studies this weekend in Portland (or perhaps I’m heading to weird and wonderful Portlandia*... read more »
Following my earlier blog on 'speech, manuscript and print',, I pondered... read more »
In the early morning hours this date in 1918, Roman Malinovsky was shot in the Kremlin on the verdict of his trial the previous day. In the years before... read more »
This date in 1556 saw the Second Battle of Panipat in India … and the consequent beheading of the losing commander. Hem Chandra Vikramaditya was... read more »
On this date in 2005, Hastings Arthur Wise was executed in South Carolina for a shooting rampage at his workplace. Or rather — and this was the problem... read more »
Starting a new project is exciting and intensely busy (which is also my excuse for taking a month to blog about it). And the Digital Panopticon is the... read more »
Simon Kitson‘s engrossing The Hunt for Nazi Spies: Fighting Espionage in Vichy France makes the case that Vichy France — and in particular,... read more »
On Friday, 1 November, I was fortunate to attend Dr Ian Williams' lecture at the IALS on the subject of the role of readings and text in legal scholarship... read more »
The first execution of a woman* in the U.S. “modern” death penalty era took place at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Central Prison on this... read more »
Isaac Riches was fourteen when first confined at Great Yarmouth Gaol in 1841. Picked up as a rogue and vagabond, allegedly in the act of stealing wood... read more »
On this date in 1822, David Lamphier was hanged for “a deed of unparalleled atrocity” as multiple newspaper reports put it: striking Sadsbury... read more »