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On this date in 2006, James Malicoat was executed in Oklahoma for beating to death his 13-month-old daughter. As a criminal case, the matter was open-and-shut.... read more »
Here is my list of interesting crime-related links and stories published this month. The World of CSI Essex Police Museum, on Twitter, looked at how... read more »
(Thanks to 18th century English Catholic Bishop Richard Challoner for the guest post — originally from Memoirs of Missionary Priests — on an... read more »
Mill Lane, Deptford c.1890s There were some curious and sad stories from the police courts on 30 August 1864.  At Bow Street a man was sent... read more »
On this date in 1929, John Fabri — or Giovanni Fabri, as you’d call him in his native Italy — died in Sing Sing prison’s electric... read more »
The gate at Woolwich Arsenal Charles Robinson was packing up his butcher’s stall at Woolwich Market on Saturday evening when he spied a couple... read more »
Emmett Till was lynched on this date in 1955. He’s surely the most recognizable and symbolically powerful of America’s many lynch victims,... read more »
Advertisement for Camel cigarettes in Carolina Magazine, May 1943 (via ‘STOLEN U.S. “SMOKES” HIDDEN IN PRAM’. This... read more »
From the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review, Aug. 28, 1909: Joe Gauvitte Is Hanged Pays Death Penalty for the Murder of his Wife WALLA WALLA, Wash., Aug.... read more »
Although overshadowed by wildfires, hurricanes, political drama, economic collapse, civil unrest, and a goddamned pandemic, a noteworthy federal execution... read more »
From Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal (Bristol, England), Saturday, August 30, 1783: Monday was executed at Hall-Down, near Exeter, John Grinslade,... read more »
August 24 is the feast day* of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle, an original companion of Christ who is silent as the grave when it comes to the Gospels**... read more »
On this date in 2012, the small west African country of Gambia suddenly shot nine. Effectively abolitionist, Gambia had not exercised capital punishment... read more »
On this date in 1946, the former wartime fascist Prime Minister of Hungary was shot for being the former wartime fascist Prime Minister of Hungary. Dimitrije... read more »
On this date in 1497, five Florentines were beheaded for a seditious conspiracy, headlined by the scion of one of the city’s leading families. Our... read more »
On this date in 2005, Pakistani soldier Abdul Islam Siddiqui was hanged for an assassination attempt against President Pervez Musharraf. In the December... read more »
“Mrs Carrie Whitehouse, of Upper Brook Street, Manchester, whose barefoot and partially dressed body was found on the roadside near Gatley, Cheshire,... read more »
(Thanks to Cornelius Burley for the guest post, which was originally his “confession” on the scaffold at the first-ever hanging in London,... read more »
after Khaled al-Asaad bonepole bonepole since you died there’s been dying everywhere do you see it slivered where you are between a crown and a tongue... read more »
Posted by Sara M. Butler, 18 August 2020. Towards the end of the fifteenth century, William Hemyng, a chaplain associated with Hereford cathedral, experienced... read more »
On this date in 1849, Georg Böhning was shot at Rastatt for his involvement in the failed 1848 revolutions. This lesser hero of those dramatic times... read more »
From a 2017 film treatment of the case. Thirty-seven-year-old Rebecca Worlock was hanged at Gloucester on this date in 1820 for poisoning her husband.... read more »
Thomas Tattersall was hanged at Armley Prison in Leeds on this date in 1905. An alcoholic plasterer, Tattersall had a going reputation for home violence... read more »
Singing the Internationale, Greek Communist Nikos Ploumpidis was shot by on this date in 1954. A left-wing teacher who became a full-time cadre of the... read more »
Welsh coal miner Dic Penderyn was hanged on this date in 1831 to crush a labor rising. Richard Lewis was his real name — he got his nickname from... read more »
Cleaned-up and slightly extended version of a paper presented at the conference Gender and Violence in the Early Modern World (University of Cambridge,... read more »
The August 12, 1469 beheading of a Ferrara nobleman named Andrea Viarani is the subject of a chapter in the very fine volume The Art of Executing Well:... read more »
On this date in 979, a Saxon lord won a trial by combat at the cost of his head. You’re not supposed to call this period the “Dark Ages”... read more »
Former Portsmouth, Virginia, cop Frank James Coppola was electrocuted on this date in 1982. Coppola dropped appeals and “adamantly” volunteered... read more »
On this date in 1956, three Greek Cypriot nationalists were hanged by the British Andreas Zakos, Charilaos Michael and Iakovos Patatsos were all members... read more »
Albert Edward Burrows hanged at Bagthorpe (aka Nottingham) Gaol on this date in 1923. The 52-year-old — at the time of his death — laborer... read more »
Late (and seemingly past midnight) the night of August 6-7 of 2001, two teenage* lovers named Vishal Sharma and Sonu were hanged in the Uttar Pradesh village... read more »
U.S. hangmen clocked overtime on this date in 1915. The Washington D.C. Herald of August 8 covered the bloodbath thus: Robert Watkins and John Salter... read more »
Seven Dials, a Victorian slum  It was drunkenness and its consequences that filled the first column of reports on the Police Courts in the Morning... 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 »
Tanzanian medium Kinjikitile Ngwale was hanged as a traitor to Germany on this date in 1905. He emerged as a prophet of the Maji Maji Rebellion, a rising... read more »
On the 3 August 1888 two Americans appeared before the magistrate at Westminster Police court. John Dunn was probably every small boy’s idea of an... read more »
Chicago Defender, Aug. 11, 1928. Former Negro Leagues baseball player James Hugh Moss was electrocuted in Georgia on this date in 1928, along with a white... read more »
José Joaquim de Sousa Reis, known simply as “Remexido” or “Remechido”, was executed by firing squad at the Campo da Trindade... read more »
This 2004 episode from Manx Radio gives us the story of John Kewish, hanged on this date in 1872 for killing his father with a pitchfork. Kewish is the... read more »