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This week, just ahead of the next round of marking that will fall due in mid July, I’ve managed to return to my current research project. Nether... read more »
Errol Morris’s classic 1988 docudrama The Thin Blue Line helped to exonerate former death row inmate Randall Dale Adams.* He’d been convicted... read more »
Not as many interesting crime history stories this month as previously, but here are a couple that I’ve read over the last few weeks. The cold case... read more »
On this date in 1938, Zionist terrorist Shlomo Ben-Yosef was hanged by the British. Shalom Tabachnik — to use the name he had from his childhood... read more »
On this date in 1748, three instigators of a riot hanged in an Amsterdam public square, while worse fates befell those who came to see it. It was only... read more »
Es algo formidable que vio la vieja raza: robusto tronco de árbol al hombro de un campeón salvaje y aguerrido, cuya fornida maza blandiera... read more »
John Hartfield (sometimes given as “Hartsfield”) was lynched on this date in 1919 in Ellisville, Mississippi. “[U.S. President Woodrow... read more »
I’m sure we have all had to put up with annoying disturbances at some point in our lives; last year an inconsiderate neighbour chose to party hard... read more »
On this date in 1950, the opening salvos of the Korean War were fired … and behind North Korea’s lines, in Richard E. Kim‘s novel The... read more »
On this date in 1958, itinerant carpenter Raymond John Bailey was hanged for one of Australia’s most sensational crimes. This case derives its gloomy... read more »
Spanish officer Toribio Martinez Cabrera was executed on this date in 1939 by Franco’s Spain. An army lifer who had cut his teeth fighting in Cuba... read more »
On this date in 1918, Captain Alexey Schastny received the cold thanks of the Bolshevik government for saving its Baltic fleet. Icebound in the city of... 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 »
Five Jesuits were hanged at Tyburn on this date in 1679, in the largest single mass execution of England’s “Popish Plot” hysteria. This... read more »
Hiba Al Akkad (standing) embracing her famous mother. Mahmoud Al Issawi was hanged at Wadi el-Natrun prison outside Cairo on this date in 2014. In... read more »
In what felt like week 9,000 of lockdown I was contacted by a fellow Sunderland Uni graduate (Bridget Hamilton, a radio production MA) with an intriguing... read more »
On this date in 1485, the German warrior William de La Marck was beheaded at Maastricht. “There is, moreover, in the land, a nobleman of good descent,... read more »
From the Newgate Calendar: THOMAS QUIN, JOSEPH DOWDELL, AND THOMAS TALBOT A Gang of Notorious Thieves, executed at Tyburn, June 17, 1751, for robbery.... read more »
(Thanks to Edward Waldo Emerson, the son of transcendentalist chin-wagger Ralph Waldo Emerson, for the guest post. His account of the beloved Massachusetts... read more »
Sweden conducted its last witch execution — a beheading — on this date in 1704. Anna Eriksdotter (English Wikipedia entry | Swedish) was a... read more »
According to Amnesty International’s death penalty news, Executions [in Qatar] resumed after 12 years when two men and a woman, all Indian nationals,... read more »
Anthony Nott, 2020, Investigating the Almost Perfect Murders: the case of Russell Causley and other crimes, Barnsley, Pen and Sword. 197pp, £14.99.... read more »
Ben W. Johnson, 2016, Charlie Peace: Murder, Mayhem and the Master of Disguise, Barnsley,Pen and Sword; 157 pages, £12.99. Reviewed by Dr... read more »
Disease as a battle is a weak and overused analogy. Fortitude, bravery and a moral cause are of no benefit when the diagnosis is cancer or some intractable... read more »
On this date in 1677, Benjamin Tuttle expiated the murder of his sister Sarah in New Haven, Connecticut. His parents, William and Elizabeth, were yeomen... read more »
By Cassie Watson; posted 13 June 2020. At a time when none of us can go to any archive, I decided to investigate the online contents of collections made... read more »
On the 15 May Ann Fadden was standing outside her front door, at one in the morning, as her brother Jeremiah Coghlan came by with a friend that he lodged... read more »
John Dand hanged at Manchester’s Strangeways Prison on this date in 1951 — because of spat over £3. Dand and his victim, 72-year-old... read more »
Charles Souvay in “The French Papal States during the Revolution” (The Catholic Historical Review, January 1923) describes the violent reunion... read more »
I thought I’d try something different today: I’ve been researching some different crime cases that are linked by their location – they... read more »
On this date in 1996, a Chinese Mongol with the singular name of Huugjilt was executed by gunshot for rape and murder at Hohhot. With benefit of hindsight,... read more »
This blog is normally concerned with the police courts of nineteenth-century London. It may therefore seem a world away from the current Black Lives Matter... read more »
This terse report of loose ends tied — so they hoped — hails from the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, 1945-1996:... read more »
On this date in 1967, during the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats assailed the USS Liberty, an allied American... read more »
A batch of Nazi war criminals highlighted by four condemned at the Einsatzgruppen trial hanged at Germany’s Landsberg Prison on this date in 1951.... read more »
“I was here at the last execution, as free as any one of you, and little thought of this my unhappy fate. God grant you all more grace than I have... read more »
The church of St Lawrence Jewry in the 1930s William Dell was having a bad day and it was about to get worse. In the first week of June 1869 he had been... read more »
On this date* in 1825, Greek revolutionary Odysseus (or Odysseas) Androutsos was summarily executed as a traitor by his comrades. Fruit of Ithaca like... read more »
Sardinian scholar Sigismondo Arquer was burned at the stake in Toledo, Spain, on this date in 1571. Born in the capital of Spanish-governed Sardinia, this... read more »
The village of Navenby, Lincolnshire, home of the Parr family This isn’t a crime, but a horrible accident, and one that must have lived with one... read more »
On this date in 1453, Loukas Notaras, the last megas doux of the freshly destroyed Byzantine Empire, was executed at the command of Mehmed the Conqueror.... read more »
Welsh lord Rhys ap Maredudd was executed as a traitor at York on this date in 1292, for leading a failed rebellion in his homeland. Rhys ruled the Cantref... read more »
On this date in 1868, disgraced Australian gold commissioner Thomas Griffin was hanged for murdering two police escorts in the course of a robbery. He... read more »