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Chufsamma and son. Photographer B. Pilsudski, 1903/1904. (From: The Collected Works of Bronislaw Pilsudski. Vol. 3. Materials for the Study of the Ainu... read more »
On this date in 1574, nobleman Joseph Boniface de La Mole was beheaded in Paris for a supposed plot against the king. As the year would imply, La Mole... read more »
Charlie Payne (right) with two of his work colleagues in Genoa, 1907 The book that I am currently writing deals with the life and times of my grandfather,... read more »
From “True reform of parliament” by James Gillray   “Sedition: conduct or language inciting to rebellion against the constituted... read more »
On this date in 1862, Mary Timney was hanged at Buccleuch Street in Dumfries, Scotland. The penniless 27-year-old occupied the stone cottage adjacent to... read more »
There are approximately nine million family history researchers in the UK. The New Digital Media which I've described in Crime in England 1880-1945 (Routledge... read more »
Brazil carried out the last civil execution in its history on April 28, 1876. The beloved and long-serving Emperor Pedro II — Brazil’s last... read more »
Throughout the nineteenth century, the public school, universities, armed services, colonial administration, settlement houses and the Anglican celibate... read more »
On this date in 1883, Henry De Bosnys was hanged in Elizabethtown, New York, for murdering his wife. De Bosnys was an immigrant near to 50 years old who... read more »
On this date in 1784, Italian bandit-hero Angelo Duca was hanged at Salerno. “Angiolillo” haunted the Basilicata region, which surmounts the... read more »
One of the great opportunities presented by the Digital Panopticon project (and one of the most exciting in my opinion) is in uncovering more about the... read more »
On this date in 1683,* Yaoya Oshichi gave her life for her red-hot love … and the want of a little white lie. The greengrocer’s daughter Oshichi... read more »
On this date in 1922, Colin Campbell Ross was hanged for the rape-murder of a little girl, still on the scaffold vainly protesting his innocence. I am... read more »
On this date in 1801, a luckless British messenger was hanged to a Tamarind tree during the Polygar Wars. The Polygars — an English corruption of... read more »
On this date in 1831, pirate Charles Gibbs hanged on Ellis Island. This Rhode Island native followed his father’s trade in buccaneering and made... read more »
The second half of the workshop was devoted to work in progress and plans for the Digital Panopticon – I’ll say less about these than those... read more »
On this date in 1975, Sisowath Sirik Matak was executed with his aides by the Khmer Rouge. As a young royal in French-administered Cambodia, Sirik Matak... read more »
A woman diagnosed as suffering from melancholia with fear, or fear of everything, and with a propensity to attempt suicide (Wellcome Library, London) Suicide... read more »
On this date in 1963, Francisco Franco’s government shot Communist agitator Julian Grimau. Grimau (English Wikipedia entry | Spanish), a member of... read more »
A Negro man named Emanuel, who has been for some time past, advertised runaway from Samuel Kemp, was taken up at sea near Hyburn Key, in a failing boat,... read more »
I am currently, as most PhD students at this stage in their academic career, in the process of building a database. The purpose of this endeavour is to... read more »
The trailblazing Italian-British photographer Felice (Felix) Beato was one of the first people to shoot in east Asia. In 1858, he captured the aftermath... read more »
The first half of the workshop consisted of speakers we invited to introduce the ways in which they have used visualisation in research, and look at how... read more »
On this date in 1954, Lucretiu Patrascanu was shot in Jilava Prison outside Bucharest. The widow’s-peaked longtime pol was one of the first inductees... read more »
The City of Gloucester was a county in its own right from 1483, separate from the county of Gloucestershire, and as such, it had its own court sessions... read more »
By Takashi Miyamoto, CArchipelago Project Researcher   The history of modern prisons in Japan started with efforts to translate information on penology... read more »
(Thanks to Robert Elder of Last Words of the Executed — the blog, and the book — for the guest post. This post originally appeared on the Last... read more »
Originally posted on Criminal Historian: The view from my seat at the DP data visualisation workshop Yesterday, I went to All Souls College, Oxford,... read more »
I have been reading several historical novels of late; a recent blog considered three examples. read more »
The view from my seat at the DP data visualisation workshop Yesterday, I went to All Souls College, Oxford, for a data visualisation workshop organised... read more »
On this date in 1793, Philibert Francois Rouxel de Blanchelande was guillotined in Paris — victim of two revolutions an ocean apart. Blanchelande... read more »
I’d forgotten I had done this, but I did a quick list for Buzzfeed (on its community section). So to see my list of 15 punishments we used to think... read more »
On this date in 1922, George Hornsby was hanged in Belton, Texas. We pick up the George Hornsby’s trail 18 months before his execution, when the... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 1923, Paul V. Hadley was executed for murder in Arizona. His story,... read more »
On this date in 1776, footpad James Langar was hanged at Tyburn for robbing a Hyde Park gentleman of his watch and coat. Actually, and despite a reputation... read more »
Once again, the standard of papers at the Social History Society conference impressed those who attended. I can only comment on those which I heard. As... read more »
On this date, the conservative Mexican Gen. Leonardo Marquez earned himself the nickname “Tiger of Tacubaya” for the mass execution of liberal... read more »
Three days of incredible discussions at NYU Abu Dhabi. "How Migration Makes Meaning" brought together a small group of historians, anthropologists, writers,... read more »
On this date in 1813, the Napoleonic forces occupying Oldenburg, Germany shot Albrecht Ludwig von Berger and Christian Daniel von Finckh as rebels. The... read more »
Profiling the alienists - I: John Conolly, Superintendent of Hanwell Lunatic Asylum - nemesis of mechanical restraint John Conolly M.D. is commonly held... read more »
On this date in 1812, the great Cuban revolutionary leader “Black” Jose Aponte was executed with eight comrades. Like South Carolina’s... read more »
On this date in 1642, George Spencer paid the penalty at the New Haven (Connecticut) colony for a pig-fucking that he probably never perpetrated. Seven... read more »
Criminal Historian:My guest post for the Old Bailey Online/London Lives blog Crime in the Community. Originally posted on Crime in the Community: "Old... read more »
Here’s some advice to anyone considering pilfering a vegetable in the 1770s – don’t. Richard Burn offered this advice (left) to magistrates... read more »
Leah Wilkinson was described as a 'notorious old offender' by the Navy in 1712. She had a long career as a forger and con-woman - with known criminal offences... read more »
On this date in 1979, just days after a referendum overwhelmingly voted revolutionary Iran an Islamic Republic, its former Prime Minister was convicted... read more »
On this date in 1571, the Archbishop of St. Andrews hanged in his clerical vestments at the Mercat Cross in Stirling. John Hamilton‘s fate was tied... read more »
The American occupation of the Philippines from 1899 spawned a widespread indigenous resistance whose “hatred of our people is as bitter as it is... read more »
Special dispatch to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (April 5, 1884), which perhaps accounts for the outsized interest in the provenance of the rope. MEMPHIS,... read more »
In January 1823, the Gloucester Journal reported that the County Prison had installed a treadmill. Gloucester Prison, like many other similar institutions,... read more »