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Polish mass murderer Ryszard Sobok hanged in Wroclaw on this date in 1984. The horror of the little village of Walim, Sobok suddenly slaughtered six intimates... read more »
John Palmer was an ordinary sort of bloke. He gave his occupation as ‘labourer’ (frequently a default term for those appearing before the courts... read more »
There have been a bumper load of articles relating to the history of crime this month. Here are some of the ones I’ve found interesting. Bella in... read more »
This post for Women’s History Month 2020 explores the Bluestocking Corpus of Elizabeth Montagu’s letters, created by Anni Sairio. This first... read more »
Theodore Dreiser‘s classic novel An American Tragedy was inspired by an infamous 1906 murder whose author, Chester Gillette, was electrocuted at... read more »
Nigerian bandit Lawrence Anini was executed on this date in 1987. Strongman of a well-armed gang whose robberies and hijackings terrorized Benin Cty, Anini... read more »
On this date in 1572, Annecke Lange, Gesche Herbst, and Annecke Rotschroeder were all condemned and burned at Neustadt am Rübenberge, as witches and... read more »
On this date in 1915, Indian revolutionary Pandit Kanshi Ram was hanged by the British. Present on the U.S. west coast for the founding of the heavily... read more »
By Cassie Watson and Laura Sellers; posted 27 March 2020. In our previous work on the Leeds–based forensic expert Dr Thomas Scattergood, we noted... read more »
Gabriel Milan, the governor of the Danish West Indies, was beheaded on Copenhagen’s Nytorv Square on this date in 1689. Born to an emigre family... read more »
Robert Cobb Kennedy, the last Confederate executed by the Union during the U.S. Civil War, was hanged on this date in 1865 as an arsonist. Harper’s... read more »
A gangster named Henri “Le Tigre” Olivier was guillotined in Lille on this date in 1925. According to eyebrow-raising (but widely circulated)... read more »
The Murderess, by Edvard Munch Her crime took even the cynical aback. How could a girl of just 16 become a murderess – and kill her own husband?... read more »
On this date in 1985, 96 Iraqis were executed for an assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein. Though not the only or the largest atrocity of that dictator,... read more »
March 22 is the feast day of Saint Octavian of Carthage — a martyr for orthodox Nicene Christianity to its rival tradition of Arianism. Ninth century... 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 »
Akshay Thakur, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh, 32, were hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail today — four of the six* widely... read more »
The old Witch executed was, this moneth the 19. day, She ever had a face of Bras as all the people say, Insteed of pensivenesse and prayer She did nought... read more »
On this date in 1871, the Paris Commune was born, with the execution of Generals Lecomte and Thomas. Paris had come to the brink of revolution by dint... read more »
Seventeenth century Jurist John Brydall‘s “An abridgment of the lawes of England, touching treasons, rebellious murthers, conspiracies, burning... read more »
On this date in 1968, the U.S. Army meted out the signature single atrocity of the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre — wanton slaughter of 400 to... read more »
By Dr Ashley Borrett In a previous blog, I looked at how newspapers can provide a wealth of information for the crime researcher looking to gain a... read more »
Over the last few years, Professor Helen Johnston and Professor Heather Shore have been working directly with Leah Mellors, Curator at Ripon Museums Trust... read more »
On or about this date in 1547, the Spanish-born scholar Diego de Enzinas was burned by the Roman Inquisition. Like his (more renowned) brother Francisco... read more »
On this date in 1874, colorful outlaw Sid[ney] Wallace was hanged for murder in Reconstruction Arkansas.* A large enough figure to merit his own entry... read more »
By Joanne Chilman This research was undertaken for a PhD on ‘Women before the Hull Courts in the Nineteenth Century’. It was found that a significant... read more »
If you follow this blog closely you may have noticed that I live quite close to the former Colney Hatch Asylum. Once the largest ‘lunatic’... read more »
Wire report via the Baltimore Sun, March 14, 1979: 12 shot by firing squads in Iran Tehran, Iran (AP) — Firing quads executed two generals, a legislator,... read more »
In the dock of St. George’s Hall Liverpool on the 4th of February 1929, stood 21 year old Joseph Reginald Victor Clarke, arraigned on a charge of... read more »
Mr Justice Cave was not in a good mood as he sat in the courtroom of Gloucester’s Shire Hall on the second morning of the Winter Assizes, which took... read more »
The former women’s prison at Aylesbury Tatler, the magazine now synonymous with gentility and fashionable lives, was, in the early 20th century,... read more »
Jessie King, the last woman executed in Edinburgh, was hanged on this date in 1889. She was a practitioner of that distinctive late Victorian industry... read more »
Irish rebel Felim (or Phelim) O’Neill of Kinard was executed on this date in 1653. “A well-bred gentleman, three years at court, as free and... read more »
(Thanks to the nails-tough black journalist Ida Wells for the guest post on the March 9, 1892 triple lynching in Memphis, Tennessee, of African American... read more »
Theo van Gogh, a Dutch resistance fighter of portentous lineage, was executed by the German occupation on this date in 1945. This man was the grandson... read more »
This Tyrant at his first entrance here acted and commanded prodigious Slaughters to be perpetrated: Notwithstanding which, the Chief Lord in his Chair... read more »
Nineteenth-century St Giles The reporter from Reynold’s newspaper, or his editor, captioned George Skinner’s behavior as ‘EXTRAORDINARY... read more »
The declassified CIA cable that follows (original here) captures an extrajudicial execution of leftists during Guatemala’s long dirty war. The following... read more »
Nathaniel Woods was controversially executed by lethal injection at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, tonight at 9:01 p.m. U.S.... read more »
(Thanks to Charles George Herbermann for the guest post. Herbermann emigrated from Prussia to the United States in childhood and became a prominent scholar... read more »
Osmund Brønnum — boxer, Communist, and anti-Nazi Resistance martyr — was executed in Quisling Norway on this date in 1944. Brønnum... read more »
I am currently teaching a third year history module that focuses on London in the 1880s. Crime and Popular Culture in the Late Victorian City uses... read more »
On this date in 1921, George Bailey was hanged at Oxford Gaol for murder. The milkman was grooming a young woman named Lillian Marks as a potential mistress... read more »
On this date in 1916, Mexican Revolution commander Benjamin Argumedo was shot at Durango. Every revolution has its opportunists and this cavalryman swerved... read more »