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On this date in 1948, an alleged spy was extrajudicially executed by the Israeli Defense Forces. This execution occurred during a short truce punctuating... read more »
This classic Georgian two storey house was constructed in 1841 by John Ashton and was first licensed in 1844 and named the Wilmot Arms Inn to honour the... read more »
Hanged on this date in 1726, Joseph Quasson enjoys a minor distinction in the annals of the gallows press: according to friend of the blog Anthony Vaver,... read more »
At noon on Friday, 28 June 1680, people crowded into Istanbul’s Hippodrome, the city’s main public space, to stone to death a Muslim woman... read more »
Joseph Smith, the strange founder of America’s most successful home-grown religion, was lynched on this date in 1844 at the jail in Carthage, Illinois.... read more »
William Davidson Peacock (1847-1921) was a Tasmanian fruit exporter, born in Gloucestershire who emigrated to Hobart in 1869 and worked in his uncle’s... read more »
June 26 is the feast date and reputed martyrdom date of the legendary Cordoban Christian martyr Saint Pelagius.* Truly a martyr for our times of interconfessional... read more »
The Brexit vote has left us with a constitutional crisis. We now have a lame-duck government which was elected on a manifesto that is now irrelevant. The... read more »
On this date in 1942, Czech athlete and resistance figure Evzen Rosicky was shot with his father at Prague’s Kobyliske shooting grounds. His country’s... read more »
View over Bala Lake, with woman in Welsh costume; from the National Library of Wales (used under Creative Commons) An interesting case from 19th century... read more »
On this date in 1884, a French expeditionary force’s summary battlefield expeditions marked its retreat from an ambush — and the approach of... read more »
My PhD research explores changing policing strategies, and how these affected who was arrested, and why. The period between 1780 and 1850 witnessed extensive... read more »
On this date in 1784, no fewer than 15 men hanged on the public scaffold outside London’s Newgate Gaol. William Smith, Isaac Torres, Charles Barton,... read more »
This building was constructed in 1842 as a Watch House. Designed by Alexander Cheyne in 1838, the Watch House served many of the functions of a modern... read more »
On this date in 1940, the collapsing French state “shot and forgot” four subversives at Pessac. These cases are heavily covered by the French-language... read more »
In a couple of weeks time I’ll be giving a short paper as part of a panel on Radical London at the Radical Histories conference at Queen Mary University... read more »
Dorothea Repp's 1703 recipe would delight any horrid little schoolboy.Snayle Water Take a peck of Garden Snayles in the Shell, wash them well in Beer... read more »
On this date* in 1378, Jacques de Rue and Pierre du Tertre, aides to King Charles II of Navarre, were beheaded at Les Halles. Both men were casualties... read more »
Cromwell Street is the home of St George’s Church, Battery Point’s most well known landmark. In the early 1830’s there was an equally... read more »
Edgar Kilminster, aged 7 This week, Ancestry has put online lots more criminal records – this time relating to prisoners in Gloucestershire. Although... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1996, 29­-year­-old Daren Lee Bolton was executed in Arizona... read more »
The Tyburn Tree by Wayne Haag from the Hyde Park Barracks Mural Project, Sydney, Australia. (via) On this date in 1759, Catharine Knowland became the last... read more »
It always concerns me a little bit when I see a title that looks intriguing, but then the author’s previous works – listed at the start of... read more »
A year ago today, Dok Macuei Marer was executed by hanging at Wau Prison in South Sudan. Dok assassinated tribal chief Chut Dhuol in August 2014, in a... read more »
  In 2016 the domestic violence epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. It seems Australian men are going mad. Women – and children –... read more »
It’s time to start my book, Conviction: stories from a nineteenth-century prison. Sharing my blog posts here, I’ve been experimenting with... read more »
On this date in 1714, “the Negroes Cato (Cowley’s) Fortune (Vanderspeigle’s) Cato alias Toby, Ben and Quash, were executed according... read more »
James George Davey, Medical Superintendent, Northwoods Asylum, BristolPlease note: I have had to publish this without preview - apologies for any errors... read more »
The history of St. Luke's Church is almost as old as the township itself. The township was founded by Governor Macquarie, of New South Wales, in 1821,... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1967, Moustapha Lô was executed for treason in the African... read more »
Two centuries ago today, a burglar named Philip Street hanged at London’s Newgate Gaol. Though his were merely property crimes — which were... read more »
  At the end of last week, thirteen Nobel prize-winning scientists wrote a letter to the right leaning newspaper The Daily Telegraph, urging Britain... read more »
From the London Times, June 14, 1962 NICOSIA, June 13 Three Greek Cypriots found Guilty of murder were hanged before dawn at Nicosia Central Prison today,... read more »
On this date in 1741, “John Hughson, Sarah his wife, and Margaret Kerry, were executed according to sentence” for the slave conspiracy to burn... read more »
Many people are aware that convicts sentenced to the Australian colonies arrived in their greatest numbers between 1830 and 1834 – they may not be... read more »
From the New York Herald, June 12, 1877: PHILADELPHIA, June 11, 1877. Corrupt and degrading political associations such as pervade the larger American... read more »
A year ago today, Pakistan amid its ravenous 2015 execution binge hanged Aftab Bahadur Masih in Lahore for a 1992 murder. Two faces of Aftab Bahadur Masih,... read more »
A scene from Meyerbeer’s Robert the Devil, by Degas In 1886, a man appeared before the magistrates of the Marlborough Street Police Court in London,... read more »
Jerome Caminada was a detective in late Victorian Manchester. He has been presented in Angela Buckley’s recent book as the ‘Real Sherlock Holmes.’... read more »
“The Horrible Discovery at Gloucester”, on the front page of the Illustrated Police News, 16 June 1883. (British Newspaper Archive. Image copyright... read more »
On this date in 1741, four black men were burned in New York City. This is the third execution date in that year’s great suppression of a purported... read more »
By Mikhail Nakonechny. The late Imperial Russian prison and exile system is almost unequivocally considered to be the traditional embodiment of brutality,... read more »
European settlement began in northern Tasmania (Van Diemens Land) in 1804, under Lieutenant Colonel William Paterson. The first site being unsuitable,... read more »
On this day in 1743, John Breads met his fate on the gallows in the small Sussex town of Rye, on the south coast of England. The spectacle of his hanging... read more »
On this date in 1945, seven former members of Croatia’s World War II Ustasha regime were hanged in Zagreb by Tito‘s postwar Yugoslav government... read more »
Preparing for my upcoming talks, I spent rather too much time creating this image using emojis.  There is actually no black sheep emoji, I got him... read more »
The conference programme is out! Digital Panopticon Hobart Program We look forward to seeing all the delegates there, and if you can’t make it, we’re... read more »
Last month’s blog post was about how my personal experiences have influenced my handling of sources in my research, including photographs. Though... read more »
On an unknown date thought to be approximately June of 1971, American photojournalists Sean Flynn and Dana Stone were executed by Communist captors in... read more »
Designed by the noted colonial architect, Henry Hunter, the Wattle Hill Schoolhouse & residence was erected at a cost of about 300 pounds in 1868 on... read more »