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On this date in 2000, Robert Earl Carter was executed in Texas for slaughtering six people at the home of his Somerville ex, after the latter filed a child... read more »
My research interest in Victorian detectives at Scotland Yard has recently led me to a couple of blind alleys, both of which have some potential links... read more »
On this date in 1690, according to the Newgate Calendar,* the venerable gentleman rogue Thomas Sympson — better known as Old Mobb — was hanged... read more »
In a recent post I talked about some of the ways in which data visualisations have helped me to see patterns in the information recorded in the Old Bailey... read more »
I. Family Relationships An examination of letters sent to the Superintendent from some patients' wives suggests that the committal of their husbands to... read more »
On this date in 1879, Sacramento County public administrator Troy Dye was hanged for murder, along with the Swedish goon whom he’d hired to do the... read more »
On this date in 1213, the hermit Peter of Pontefract (or Peter of Wakefield) was hanged by King John. Reluctant Magna Carta signer and ridiculous Robin... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1994, an uncooperative Charles Rodman Campbell was lashed to a... read more »
Not very much is known about Captain Heather’s background. That he called himself a captain is evident from the descriptions of him as such in the... read more »
From Slaves and Slaveholders in Bermuda, 1616-1782: The witchcraft trouble [in Bermuda in 1651-55] began in May 1651, when Goodwife Jeane Gardiner, the... read more »
America’s national debate over abolishing slavery in the decades leading up to the Civil War is well-known. Not as well remembered is a different... read more »
On this date in 1871, the doomed Paris Commune martyred Archbishop Georges Darboy. When Darboy (English Wikipedia entry | French) was tapped for the job... read more »
Recently (16-21 May 2014), it has been reported in the media that the skull of convict John Parker, who was hanged at Gloucester in 1813, was sold at an... read more »
Today marks the anniversary of the execution of notorious pirate Captain William Kidd, who was hanged from Execution Dock in Wapping on this day in 1701.... read more »
This date in 1991 was the quiet coda of one of America’s most spectacular prison risings. At the stroke of 1 o’clock on July 24, 1974, Frederico... read more »
Job applications have been in the news on the Radio 4 PM programme this week. The general complaint is the lack of concern that is often shown to applicants;... read more »
Alice Arden (Sharon Small) and her lover, Mosby (Keir Charles) “What, groans thou? Nay then, give me the weapon. Take this for hind’ring Mosby’s... read more »
From Henry-Clement Sanson‘s memoirs: On May 22 the scaffold was again erected for the execution of an Italian, a native of Rome, named Antonio Brochetti.... read more »
Last year on this date, to the impotent howls of human rights groups, five men were beheaded in Jizan, Saudi Arabia and then “crucified.” “In... read more »
Posted today at The Guardian (see page 3 of comments) re: the Oscar Pistorious trial and the decision to send him for mental health assessment.  The... read more »
On this date in 1795, Ignac Martinovics was beheaded in Budapest with other leaders of a Hungarian Jacobin conspiracy. A true Renaissance man, Ignac (Ignatius)... read more »
I’ve been playing with ThingLink, which enables you to create interactive pictures, embedding photos, videos and webpages within them. It’s... read more »
A guest post by David J. Vaughan As with any historical event, rediscovering the truth behind a Victorian crime and its key protagonists requires access... read more »
The British Convict Transportation Registers is a database detailing the journeys of over 123,000 people transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th... read more »
On this date in 1864, the Russian writer Nikolay Chernyshevsky was publicly executed in St. Petersburg. Then he was shipped to Siberia. Chernyshevsky’s... read more »
By Jamie Harris, Carceral Archipelago undergraduate intern, 2013-14 I was an intern for the Carceral Archipelago project for 10 weeks. During this time... read more »
Detail from ‘Instruction of the Pauper Children in the Metropolitan District School, Sutton’, Illustrated London News, 1872. For history of... read more »
Before returning to the alienists, it is high time we looked at another 'celebrity' criminal lunacy case - this time, the tragically sad affair of Mary... read more »
(Thanks for the guest post to Robert Wilhelm, author of the Murder By Gaslight historic crime blog, and author of the book Murder And Mayhem in Essex County.... read more »
On this date in 1866, five Maori men hanged for the murder of a German proselytizer. Hesse-born Carl Sylvius Völkner* arrived in New Zealand as a Lutheran... read more »
In 1857, the centennial of the British East India Company’s mastery of the India, the subcontinent’s sepoy troops rebelled against the Company... read more »
From the Newgate Calendar: Who executed his own Parents, and from a Pickpocket became a Cat Burglar, and then a Highwayman. Executed at Dublin, 15th of... read more »
A century ago today, a Serbian immigrant was shot for murder in Carson City, Nevada. It was an ordinary murder, by an ordinary man: his cousin died in... read more »
From the earliest representations of offenders right up to the politically and socially charged documentaries that 'uncover' crime and disorder in the... read more »
On this date in 1559, the corpse of “Johann van Brugge” — recently exposed as underground Anabaptist leader David Joris, even though... read more »
  How good it is to hear a historian's opinion. The value of the study of history is so often apparent when one who belongs to the profession speaks... read more »
On 13 May 1787, a convoy of ships set sail from Portsmouth, carrying over 700 convicts to the British government’s new penal colony in Australia.... read more »
Richard Burn, in the 18th century, warned that people should be very careful of how they chose their parish constables - or they could end up with…... read more »
On this date in 1625, Helene Gillet went to the scaffold in Dijon to suffer beheading for infanticide. But it was the executioner and not Helene who came... read more »
The worst thing that happened to Clarence “Buck” Kelly on this date in 1928 was being hung for murder. But the only thing anyone could talk... read more »
Exciting, FREE talk at Mshed Bristol!15 May 2014 6pmBristol Asylum - Life stories and the photographic image.Follow this link for details: read more »
On this date in 1527, authorities in the Swabian city of Meersburg gathered in the city marketplace in their most impressive regalia to condemn Johann... read more »
Academic reviews, by nature, take a little while to start appearing.I've already noted a few reviews from history journals of my last book, The Most Remarkable... read more »
On this date in 1961, two modern-day (but somewhat inept) pirates sailed into the history books by becoming the first U.S. citizens to be executed in the... read more »
Both Rapheal Samuel (1994) and Patrick Wright (1994) have critiqued the role of museums and those charged with preserving historical buildings and artefacts... read more »
Last year on this date, an astonishing scene unfolded at a public hanging in Mashhad, near the Iran-Afghanistan border. Vahid Zare, a robber who murdered... read more »
By Eureka Henrich, CArchipelago Project Researcher I grew up in Sydney, conscious as any Australian school child of my city's 18th century origins as a... read more »
In Victorian Britain, men who were considered to fall short of manly ideals (those who were criminal, unindustrious, and who refused to provide for their... read more »
On this date in 1909, Fred Seward was hanged at the Boise penitentiary. Seward developed an obsession with a “notorious woman” named Clara... read more »
On this date in 1887, Theodore Baker was hanged for murder in Springer, New Mexico. Baker was taken on as a lodger and ranch hand in Colfax County by an... read more »