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From The Mennonite encyclopedia: a comprehensive reference work on the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement, Volume 1: The earliest Anabaptist confession, The... read more »
Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day, the one day in the year when ‘fake news’ is supposed to be disseminated by the news media. In the past... read more »
Bangladesh on this date in 2007 hanged six Islamic militants* for a terrorist bombing wave two years prior. Several were agents of the terrorist organization... read more »
The police had their work cut out for them in ensuring Edward Smith reached the Marylebone Police court safely. A large crowd had gathered outside the... read more »
Reinier van Oldenbarnevelt was a chip off the old headsman’s block on this date in 1623, beheaded in The Hague for plotting to avenge the beheading... read more »
I am writing this on Monday and at this point we still don’t know what is going to happen with regards to Brexit. As it stands though, unless the... read more »
(Thanks for the guest post to Charles Whitehead for the guest post — originally an entry in his true crime classic Lives and exploits of the most... read more »
Sometimes what might seem to be a fairly straightforward prosecution can reveal all sorts of other things, including contemporary prejudices and assumptions.... read more »
On this date in 1940, the “Sass Brothers” — notorious scofflaw thieves from the Weimar Germany era — were extrajudicially executed... read more »
William Capon had sold his hansom cab and horse to William Crouch because he needed the money, being unable to earn a living from cabbing. Crouch had agreed... read more »
Another great hang-day post today from the Facebook page of our friends at Capital Punishment UK, in which we discover one Joseph Jones, teetering on the... read more »
Battersea, in Charles Booth’s poverty maps of 1889-90 John Hobart had just got home to the house his mother ran in Gywnn Road, Battersea when she... read more »
On this date in 1752 the tyrannous Scottish sea captain James Lowrey or Lowry was hanged at London’s execution dock for beating a crew member to... read more »
Fleet Street in the 1850s When Sarah Morgan left Mr Williamson’s employment on 1 February 1869 she did so with such a ringing written endorsement... read more »
March 24 is the feast date of Saint Pigmenius, the patron saint of pigmen. In the hagiography, Pigmenius was a Christian scholar who numbered among the... read more »
A nation divided against itself, unhappy with its political masters; tens of thousands of people marching though the capital with banners held aloft; a... read more »
By Cassie Watson; posted 23 March 2019. Nothing makes for a better news story than murder, a fact that the sensationalist Victorian penny press was well... read more »
In the wee early hours on this date in 1897, the Spanish occupation shot 19 Philippines revolutionaries — the Martyrs of Aklan. Aklan is a province... read more »
What percentage of a pork sausage should be made up of meat? It’s a good question now and it was a good question in 1882 when Henry Newman was dragged... read more »
Henry Butler had everything to look forward to that summer. He had a job as a police officer, part of Division M (Southwark) of the Metropolitan Police.... read more »
On this date in 1540, the legendary outlaw Hans Kohlhase — a crime victim turned revengeful crime lord — executed* in Berlin. It’s a... read more »
Detective supervisor Llewhellin [sic] had organised a stakeout to watch two properties in Whitechapel in March 1888. This had nothing to do with the infamous... read more »
The last executions in the Netherlands took place on this date in 1952: Dutch SS volunteer Andries Jan Pieters and German SS man Artur Albrecht, both condemned... read more »
This story reveals that London was very much ‘open all hours’ in the Victorian period, but also that violence could erupt at any time, and... read more »
Swiss officer and military engineer Nicolas Doxat de Demoret — also referred to as Doxat de Moretz or Doxat von Morez — was beheaded on this... read more »
St Botolph’s, Aldgate from the Minories Cordelia Johnson ran a small manufacturing workshop in the Minories, on the borders of the East End of London... read more »
John Van Alstine was (incompetently) hanged two hundred years ago today for murdering Schoharie County, N.Y., deputy sheriff William Huddleston —... read more »
Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, the 2nd Duchess of Cambridge On 12 March 1869 an elderly man by the name of Alfred Rodwell (a retired bookbinder) was... read more »
On this date in 1696, a trio of Jacobite conspirators were hanged for their failed assassination plot against King William. An exiled loyalist to the deposed... read more »
On Monday 16 March 1874 Miss Caroline Greene arrived at Paddington Station on a train from Bath; she was on route to Essex, where she lived. She left the... read more »
A Cambridge University servant was hanged on this date in 1870 for infanticide. Elizabeth Butchill made her way turning down the beds for the boys attending... read more »
Today is St Patrick’s Day and there will be drinking galore in Dublin, London and Boston and throughout the Irish diaspora. The island of Ireland... read more »
James W. Hutchins was gassed in North Carolina on this date in 1984. Hutchins was “credited” with the largest one-day slaughter of North Carolina... read more »
In mid March 1866 the trial of Robert Cox was concluding in Swansea. The body of John Davis had been discovered by police in Dyffryn Wood a long time after... read more »
Former Olympian Martial Van Schelle was executed by the Nazi occupation on this date in 1943. American-born, Van Schelle (English Wikipedia entry | Dutch)... read more »
Divorce was a not at all an easy thing to obtain in the nineteenth century. This meant that many couples either stayed together long after relationships... read more »
On this date in 1953, the French gangster and Nazi collaborator Abel Danos was shot as a traitor. Once a small-time crook for the milieu criminal syndicate,... read more »
Yesterdays’ blog detailed the everyday mundane violence meted out to working class women by men in the capital in the year of the Whitechapel murders,... read more »
On this date in 1889, the already-venerable prison at Shepton Mallet — which dates to 1610 and was England’s oldest working jail until its... read more »
As many posts on this blog and research elsewhere, including recently published work on the victims of  ‘Jack the Ripper’ have detailed,... read more »
This ballad transmits to posterity via the Pepys collection of late 17th century ephemera stashed by that famed diarist Samuel Pepys. (In these pages,... read more »
Edith Watson, a young lady who was employed as a bonnet trimmer had made a big impression on one foreign immigrant in London. Alick Korhanske was infatuated... read more »
James Snook(s), who is remembered as Robert Snooks — a possible corruption of “Robber Snook” — was a career robber with a record.... read more »
An 1891 caricature of Nathan (‘Natty’) Rothschild by Lockhart Bogle in The Graphic It seems as if traffic accidents were just as... read more »
On this date in 1431, an Essex priest named Thomas Bagley — “a valiant disciple and adherent of Wicliffe,” which is to say a Lollard... read more »
Book Review, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Haille Rubenhold (London, Doubleday, 2019) 416pp; £16.99 This may... read more »
The last person executed in the Netherlands for homosexuality was Jillis Bruggeman, on March 9, 1803. Bruggeman ‘s long career in “the horrible... read more »
G W M. Reynolds In March 1848 (a year noted for turbulence throughout Europe) there was a demonstration called in Trafalgar Square to protest about income... read more »
(Thanks to Richard Clark of Capital Punishment U.K. for the guest post, a reprint of an article originally published on that site with some explanatory... read more »
The new Crime Monthly magazine: crime porn? There is something about crime that makes people angry. I’m not actually referring to the carrying out... read more »