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The term “coffee palace” was primarily used in Australia to describe the temperance hotels that were built in the last decades of the 19th... read more »
On this date in 1567, Huguenots in revolt in Nimes put to death dozens of Catholics in a courtyard butchery to climax a massacre remembered as La Michelade... read more »
The Ballad of Leeper and Powell Come all my friends and near relations; Come and listen unto me. I will sing about two men, About two men that’s... read more »
An 18th century laundress – the occupation of Ann Taylor On 9 December 1789, laundress Ann Taylor and Elizabeth Wylie, a needlewoman, were put on... read more »
On this date in 1620, Sidonia von Borcke was beheaded and then immolated in Stettin (Szczecin) — one of the most notorious witch executions in German... read more »
By Jennie Jeppesen. At the beginning of her discursive remarks, Ebony Jones summed up best one of the most refreshing things about the Carceral Archipelago... read more »
The Martyrdom of Saints Cosmas and Damian, by Fra Angelico. September 27 is the traditional* feast date of early Christian saints Cosmas and Damian. Martyred... read more »
The former commissariat store is a small classically Georgian building, originally symmetrical in form and has one main room plus two skillion additions... read more »
According to a UPI wire story from Saigon which ran in American newspapers beginning Monday, September 27, The Viet Cong said they executed two American... read more »
On this date in 1794, Edmund Fortis was hanged in Dresden, Maine* — at the time still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Fortis was born... read more »
The Alsatian knight Richard Puller von Hohenburg and his servant, Anthony Mätzler, burned for sodomy at Zurich. From illustration in Die Grosse Burgunderchronik... read more »
The Government have a BBC Charter Review consultation under way. The questions are so obscure and convoluted that one can only conclude that they wish... read more »
On this date in 1923, two anarchists were garroted in the Catalan city of Terrassa. Terrassa was unwillingly under new management, having been occupied... read more »
Woodbridge was built by the first Chief Constable, Thomas Roadknight in 1825 at a cost of over 1000 pounds. The Roadknights had numerous interests in the... read more »
We have had occasion to profile the famous Nuremberg executioner (and diarist) Franz Schmidt, who is the subject of a recent book on his life and times.... read more »
When Ann Shepherd was tried by the Carlisle Magistrates in July 1845, charged with stealing a fur boa, many expected a predictable outcome. Guilty as charged,... read more »
The Carceral Archipelago conference, held in Leicester from 13 to 16 September 2015, felt just like reading over thirty outstanding monographs in two-and-a-half... read more »
Though best known as the familiar and biographer of English writer Samuel Johnson,* James Boswell was educated as a lawyer. His very first client was a... read more »
At 4 a.m. on this date in 1889, Clay County, Minnesota hosted its only execution. This affair began, as such things do, when “a bunch of drunken... read more »
All old churches have their stories but at All Saints, they are plentiful. How about a church whose construction contract included the requirement for... read more »
State of New York, Executive Department Albany, Sept. 4, 1851. To Thomas Carnley, Esq., Sheriff of the City and County of New York Sir: — I have... read more »
On this date in 1685, Catholic priest Kryštof* Alois Lautner was degraded from the clergy and burnt at the stake as a sorcer — but his real... read more »
Thanks to Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon for the guest-post — part of her translation of Paul Johann von Feuerbach‘s Narratives of Remarkable Criminal... read more »
On this date in 1723, Hermann Christian von Wolffradt was beheaded by the German duchy of Mecklenburg which he had long served as a minister of state.... read more »
The genesis for a railway line between Kangaroo Point (now known as Bellerive)and Sorell lay in a parlimentary survey in 1883. Tempers flared as opponents... read more »
Irish lance corporal Peter Sands was shot as a deserter one hundred years ago today at Fleurbaix, near Armentières. Sands, a nine-year veteran... read more »
The Christian bishop of Carthage, Cyprian, was condemned by Roman authorities on this date and immediately beheaded. Not one of your dubious ancient martyrs... read more »
On this date in 1567, four Anabaptists were burned at Antwerp as heretics. Their sect furnishes many martyrs for these pages. That Christian Langedul,... read more »
The bridge forms part of the historic route from Hobart to Launceston and is close to the historic town of Kempton. In 1822, when Green Ponds was barely... read more »
On this date in 1879, a half-blooded Native American named Pocket died in Hallettsville on an oak tree. The son of a French Canadian father and a Blackfoot... read more »
John Meff hanged at Tyburn on this date in 1721 for returning from convict transportation. If we are to credit the autobiographical account that Meff furnished... read more »
By Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan. Over the past two years, I’ve been welcomed as an affiliated researcher by the CArchipelago team with the tangible... read more »
Despite our occasional predilection for the occasional “literally executed today” post, this macabre chronicle has never really aspired to... read more »
From the Boston Morning Journal, Sept. 9, 1902. BEST COOL TO THE END Bailey’s Murderer Executed Just After Midnight. Assisted the Guards and Uttered... read more »
The first in a series of varied and shorter posts while I write my recently announced book, Mad or Bad? A History of Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain... read more »
Barrington was constructed around 1848 by William Porden Kay who was the colonial architect at the time, as his own residence. He owned the property until... read more »
On this date in 1292, Johann de Wettre, “a maker of small knives,” was condemned to die at Ghent for sodomy. De Wettre was consequently (whether... read more »
On this date in 1732, a Virginia slave entered American presidential lore at the end of a noose. The Madisons were “planters, and among the respectable... read more »
Milburn, a village formerly in Westmorland, now in Cumbria In 1861, Mr Thomas Cox found himself without a job. He had been, until recently, the village... read more »
The Asylum was the last major structure to be built on the Port Arthur site, being completed in 1868. For many years previously, the lunatics had been... read more »
In the German-occupied city of Przemysl, Poland on September 6, 1943, Michal Kruk and several other non-Jewish Poles were publicly executed for their roles... read more »
From the Newgate Calendar (with thanks to frequent guest poster Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the find): These malefactors were father and son;... read more »
On this date in 1946, the postwar state of Yugoslavia executed a trio of World War II occupation figures. Left to right: Leon Rupnik, Erwin Rosener, and... read more »
We are very pleased to announce the project’s third workshop, which will focus on historical 3D reconstruction and visualization and on the importance... read more »
On this date in 1430, the Breton visionary La Pierronne was handed over to the secular authorities and burnt for blasphemy. Not much is known of La Pierronne,... read more »
On the second of September in 1914, the mayor of Senlis, France, was shot by the occupying Germans in the opening weeks of World War I. Detail view (click... read more »
The Steppes Historic Site is located on the Lake Highway in the Central Highland’s of Tasmania about 35 km northwest of Bothwell. This State reserve,... read more »
In January 1924, an article in Sydney Truth alerted its readers to a spate of crimes against children that had recently appeared before the courts. Sexual... read more »
For most prisoners at the Netzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in Alsace, the fall of 1944 marked a time of disbursement to other detention sites —... read more »