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Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the... read more »
I want a hero: an uncommon want, When every year and month sends forth a new one, Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant, The age discovers he is not... read more »
Sri Lankan national Sanjaya Rowan Kumara was hanged on this date in 2006 at Kuwait’s Central Prison for murdering a woman while robbing her house. He... read more »
A later 19th century thief (courtesy of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums). Daniel Morrison was just 17 years old, but he had a bad reputation. He... read more »
From A Peep Into the Past: Brighton in the Olden Time, with Glances at the Present, by John George Bishop In 1802 an event, at which “all the world... read more »
In 1943, punishing Allied bombing had chased Germany’s brilliant rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and his team away from the Baltic port of Peenemünde... read more »
On this date in 1730, Patrona Halil, the virtual ruler of the Ottoman capital at the head of a popular rabble, was lured to Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace... read more »
On this date in 1964, Glen Sabre Valance became the last person hanged in Western Australia. Born Paul Fraser, he jazzed up the handle by cribbing the... read more »
*This is a new post in the long-running series addressing the provocative issue of Crime, Insanity and Sex(see post  dated 24th September 2014 for... read more »
Today is St. Clement’s Day, the feast day of the first century Pope Clement I — who, tradition has it, was martyred by the Romans under Trajan... read more »
On this date in 2011, China executed a karaoke bar proprietor in Zhejiang province for a rape spree. Not to be confused with his documentary filmmaker... read more »
It’s always nice to see a bit of compassion evident in the verdicts of 19th century jurors – after all, it wasn’t always displayed, and... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) The story of Christiana Bell’s execution in Gloucester County in modern-day... read more »
On this date in 1936, the Spanish Republicans shot Don José Antonio Primo de Rivera y Sáenz de Heredia, 1st Duke of Primo de Rivera, 3rd Marquis of Estella,... read more »
For those infected with the historical research bug, there are few more satisfying experiences than delving into the original records held in private,... read more »
I have had the privilege to visit Australia for the past two months on a research trip thanks to the generous funding of the Menzies Centre for Australian... read more »
On this date in 1895, two outlaws hanged publicly at Las Vegas, Nevada, for killing a rancher during a raid on his cattle earlier that year. We will come... read more »
On this date in 1329, Italian condottiero Alberghettino II Manfredi was beheaded in Bologna. Fruit of the Manfredi family, the lords of Faenza. Posterity... read more »
On this date in 1326, Edmund FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel was beheaded at Hereford for his support of King Edward II, during the rebellion of Queen Isabella... read more »
   Over the centuries society has placed a great deal of importance on a woman's chastity, therefore, rape has been seen in terms of an... read more »
The legendary Highlands freebooter Jamie Macpherson was hanged on this date in 1700 in Banff. Macpherson is said to be an illegitimate half-Gypsy child... read more »
On this date in 1591, the summary execution of Barnabe Brisson and two other French doctors of law signaled the beginning of the end of France’s... read more »
On this date in 1864, German tailor Franz Muller hanged before an unruly London mob estimated near 50,000 angry souls. Muller was among Britain’s... read more »
“I have long said, that if a paragraph in a newspaper contains a word of truth, it is sure to be accompanied with two or three blunders; yet, who... read more »
We are balefully excited to announce the release of our custom build of Execution Playing Cards — a beautiful, play-ready poker deck featuring 13... read more »
On this date in 1795, Donald McCraw was hanged in Perth, Scotland. A weaver by trade, McGraw joined the great human migrations the Industrial Revolution... read more »
On this date in 1964, the last two members of a noble and doomed rebel movement against Papa Doc Duvalier were shot in a repellent carnival outside the... read more »
The ARC LIEF program has granted funding for the Australian Legal History Libraries Stage II for 2015. The Australasian legal history libraries stage... read more »
The early religion of Sikhism was led by a succession of 10 Gurus.* The Mughals executed the ninth of those Gurus on this date in 1674. Guru Tegh Bahadur... read more »
During a recent trip to Portugal I took the chance to visit the fortress of Peniche, situated on the rocky coast in the homonymous village, approximately... read more »
On this date in 1939, Nelson Charles hanged for stabbing his mother-in-law to death in a drunken altercation. Charles, an indigenous man and World War... read more »
In March 1735 Mary Ormand appeared before Sir William Thompson kt., and Henry Wood esq., at the assizes for the City of York, where Ormand was charged... read more »
On this date in 2011, China’s “land granny” was executed for plundering 145 million yuan ($23 million) from China’s swelling bubble... read more »
(Thanks to Amelia Fedo, a graduate student in French literature, for the guest post.) On this date in 1793, Manon Roland (née Phlipon)* was guillotined... read more »
Three Sierra Leone natives whose November 7, 1898 hanging we recall here might have had their fate written in the stars before time itself began, but a... read more »
A year in to the Digital Panopticon project we have begun record linkage with some of our key sources relating to Transportation. With several innovative... read more »
On this date in 1964, anti-apartheid fighters Vuyisile Mini, Zinakile Mkaba and Wilson Khayingo went to the gallows of Pretoria Central Prison —... read more »
The Martyrs Monument of Midway, Ky., honors four Confederates publicly executed by the Union one hundred fifty years ago today. A brutally contested frontier... read more »
I was intrigued to see Justin Pollard‘s feature on the history of Bonfire Night on the BBC History website – and, more particularly, his mention... read more »
The first of a two-part documentary about twenty-first century Broadmoor will be aired on ITV tonight and there has been much press over the past few days... read more »
Proving the Rule or Squaring the Circle?David J. Vaughan The Science of History in Victorian Britain:Making the Past SpeakScience and Culture in the Nineteenth... read more »
Three murderers’ coincidental hanging dates on November 4, 1881, were reported by the next day’s issue of the New York Herald. We reproduce... read more »
One of my favorite books to teach is John Lewis Gaddis’ read more »
Linking offenders to the fragments that their lives and offences have left behind has never been easier than it is now, in the digital age. Criminal records,... read more »
On this date in 1697, nine men hanged at Tyburn — all for property crimes. Three were highway robbers. A fourth was a coiner. A fifth was a pickpocket.... read more »
  Before I began The Carceral Archipelago project, my research was loosely centred on the history of Indian Ocean penal settlements and colonies,... read more »
On November 1 of 82 BCE, the Roman general Sulla clinched victory in his running civil war against the liberal populares by smashing them at a decisive... read more »
The headline story from Wimbledon in July of 1938 ought to have been the conquet of its renowned tennis championship by Don Budge. The American great didn’t... read more »