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My interest in medieval crime and execution has led to many an interesting late night Google search. One person whose name keeps popping up is that... read more »
Sochaczewski placed himself right of the obelisk, standing My recent discovery of Alexander Sochaczewski’s painting, Farewell to Europe!, in... read more »
Over 2.75 million new crime records released by Findmypast this week. This incredibly large and exciting collection will be a real boon to researchers.... read more »
Even with the wealth of records at our finger tips for researching lives the dynamic between a women and men who were married, cohabiting, or even courting,... read more »
On this date in 1921, an Irish Republican Army detail detained Richard and Abraham Pearson at their farm in rural County Offaly. While the Pearson brothers... read more »
If you are taking History 2219 or History 3296/3280 at Temple University Ambler Campus this fall, welcome! The books available for the course are available... read more »
John Brown had a bit of a predilection. The white-haired Londoner, who was around 70 years old, had a disconcerting habit of exposing himself in public... read more »
(Thanks to Robert Elder of Last Words of the Executed — the blog, and the book — for the guest post. Fans of this here site are highly likely... read more »
On this date in 1816, England hanged five men for a bread riot. The war against Napoleon, only just concluded, had from 1812 enthroned a dyed-in-the-wool... read more »
The Denison Hotel was first licensed in 1847 was named after William Denison who served as Governor of Van Diemen’s Land between 1847 and 1855. This... read more »
June 27 — of 1948, implicitly — was the setting for Shirley Jackson‘s classic short story “The Lottery”. Less an “execution”... read more »
When most of us think of criminal trials, our general point of reference is popular culture. Courtroom dramas like Janet King, Rake, and Law and Order... read more »
On this date in 1621, Christenze (or Christence) Kruckow was beheaded as a witch — the only known noblewoman to suffer that fate in Danish history.... read more »
View near Woolwich in Kent, c. 1800. From the collections of the State Library of NSW.We’ll soon be starting a regular series we’re... read more »
On this date in 1483, Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, was beheaded with his nephew Sir Richard Grey and royal chamberlain Sir Thomas Vaughan at Pontefract... read more »
This building demonstrates the government’s commitment to substantial & permanent housing for the military. The oldest part of the building was... read more »
On this date in 1713,* Peter the Great’s hand-picked court condemned his son and onetime heir apparent Tsarevich Alexei to death for plotting treason.... read more »
In April 2015 I presented a paper at a conference held at the University of Leicester entitled ‘When is Death?’ The conference was organised... read more »
On the evening of 21 December 1884, Frederick Marshall climbed through the bedroom window of Laura Wilson, aged 17, and murdered her.[i] ‘Terrible... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 1886, John W. Kelliher, known as “Reddy” or “Big... read more »
In a previous life as a professional family history researcher, I used to spend a lot of time searching through the parish registers at Gloucestershire... read more »
I often mention Broadmoor’s Victorian Superintendents in my posts, and I thought it might be useful to provide some brief biographical information.... read more »
On this date in 1906, “with terror stamped on his colorless face and almost in a state of collapse,” Richard Ivens hanged for a murder that... read more »
Most of Catholicism’s “40 Martyrs of England and Wales” were priests executed as traitors for preaching the Old Faith. John Rigby, drawn... read more »
The story of Schouten House begins perhaps in 1834, 10 years prior to its construction, with the arrival in Hobart of members of the Champion family, along... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1816, middle-aged uxoricide Peter Lung was hanged in Middletown,... read more »
From the Alton Weekly Courier, June 25, 1857, under a June 20 dateline. Yesterday being the day appointed for the execution of the murderers of Jacob Barth,... read more »
On this date in 1862, seven federal raiders were hanged in Atlanta for the daring heist of a Confederate train two months prior. Among them were the the... read more »
Poor Goodyer Long. Not just saddled with that name, but also saddled (appropriately) with a rather unpleasant conviction – that of bestiality with... read more »
On this date in 1660, in the Netherlands’ little settlement on the tip of Manhattan Island, New Amsterdam, Jan Quisthout van der Linde was sentenced... read more »
These premises were constructed by the Congregational Church in 1864 and were known at the time as the Union Chapel. The design was in the Romanesque style... read more »
One year ago today, China executed as terrorists 13 separatist militants. According to Xinhua, the 13 were condemned in 7 different cases from Aksu, Turpan... read more »
After this year’s Appleby horse fair, the Westmorland Gazette reported that Dene Stansall, who works for Animal Aid, a Kent-based organisation, wanted... read more »
Debtor prisons in England & Wales, 1712 Using the lists of debtor prisoners applying for release under the 1712 act, as published in the London Gazette,... read more »
On this date in 1899, young John Headrick was hanged outside Cape Girardeau‘s courthouse for murdering James Lail. The 19-year-old Headrick was an... read more »
On this date in 1662, Parliamentarian Sir Henry Vane the Younger was beheaded on Tower Hill for his service of Oliver Cromwell‘s Protectorate. Adopting... read more »
By the 1860’s, Port Arthur contained men who had been in the convict system for many years.  Many were invalids or insane. Ex convicts found... read more »
Dispatches to the New York Herald from 1873 give us today’s post: a little portrait of public hangings in Reconstruction Dixie. Isham Belton O’Neill,... read more »
Most of us have at one time or another wondered about our ancestors. Even the historians whose bread and butter is the study of social, political, economic... read more »
Children, how should it be otherwise? They were ranchmen and proprietors, and we were there to make them landless workingmen; and they rose up in revolt.... read more »
A horrible intra-Christian auto de fe in the Calabrian town Montalto marred this date in 1561. The pre-Reformation Waldensian sect, dating back to the... read more »
Pin cushion embroidered by Annie Parker, using her own hair, c.1879. Photo by Nell Darby. Yesterday, I looked briefly at the Museum of London’s forthcoming... read more »
On this date in 1822, Armand Valle was guillotined in Toulon. We meet Restoration France in the 1820s under the sway of an Ultra-Royalist ministry —... read more »
The death mask of Daniel Good, executed in 1842 for the murder of his wife. Photo: Nell Darby The Museum of London‘s major autumn exhibition, The... read more »
The Hobart Girls' Training School, started by the Ladies' Christian Association, opened in 1881. The School was for girls aged 10 to 17 who had been sentenced... read more »
How happy is the blameless Vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each prayer accepted,... read more »
In 1898, police constable Edward Johnson was committed for trial on larceny charges. Johnson, acting in his official capacity, had allegedly received an... read more »
On this date in 1953, Istvan Sandor was hanged in Communist Hungary Sandor was a printer noted as a mentor to younger Catholics — including the orphanage... read more »
A few weeks ago the Carceral Archipelago team of postgraduates presented at the University of Leicester’s annual postgraduate conference. The theme... read more »