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(Thanks to American anarchist Emma Goldman for the guest post — not her first in these pages — on her friend Fanya Baron, an anarchist whom... read more »
This month, I have to start with a shameless plug for a feature I wrote on the history of female private detectives. This was originally published in BBC History... read more »
The crime had taken place at Sheffield on the night of Tuesday/Wednesday the 18th of July. Catherine [Stacey, the victim, a 12-year-old girl -ed.] was... read more »
By Cassie Watson; posted 29 September 2020. On Tuesday 20 December 1670 the House of Commons adjourned until the New Year, but MPs were unaware that... read more »
Isabella Parker was a servant at a house in Piccadilly. White domestic service brought a level of security as well as a bed and regular meals it must also... read more »
Swiss physician Johannes Fatio was beheaded as a rebel on this date in 1691. A bit of an outsider to the medical establishment of his native Basel —... read more »
“I thought being away from the prison system would make me think about the things I’d seen less, but it was quite the opposite. I’d think... read more »
From Voice Of America news, dateline Saturday, September 28, 2014: A Somali woman has been publicly stoned to death for being married to several men at... read more »
On this date in 1965, a Peruvian guerrilla movement called National Liberation Army (ELN) seized the Chapi hacienda and executed the gamonal Gonzalo Carrillo... read more »
On this date in 1947, Japanese Imperial Army Lt. Gen. Yoshio Tachibana was hanged as a war criminal. A career officer whose own star rose along with Japan’s... read more »
From Legal Executions in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma Including the Indian Territory: A Comprehensive History: Day, John E., Jr. September 23, 1959... read more »
Clarence Lewis was in a poor state when he appeared at Guildhall Police court in September 1880 to tell the sitting alderman what had happened to him. ... read more »
On this date in 1630,* the Ming statesman Yuan Chonghuan was executed by lingchi Yuan Chonghuan’s tomb in Beijing. (cc) image by Walter Grassroot.... read more »
On this date in 1829 in the Welsh town of Carmarthen, David Evans hanged for savagely murdering his pregnant girlfriend Hannah Davis with a billhook, in... read more »
The first comprehensive account of the prison system in England and Wales was John Howard’s “The State of the Prisons”, published in... read more »
On this date in 1547, the anti-Catholic publisher Jan Olivetsky was beheaded in the town square of Olomouc. Links in this post are predominantly Czech.... read more »
Helena Katarina Löv was beheaded with an ax on this date in 1829 at Skanstull — now just a part of Stockholm but at the time, the city’s... read more »
(cc) image by Dennis Jarvis. On this date in 1809, the Royal Navy hanged six for a failed mutiny bid aboard the HMS Columbine, subsequently gibbeting four... read more »
On this date in 1599, a heretical Franciscan named Fra Celestino of Verona burned at the stake at Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori. For posterity he... read more »
The last hanging in Puerto Rico history took place on this date in 1927. Like most such instances, it was more remarkable as a milestone than as a crime.... read more »
On Saturday 14 September 15, 1878 Henry Sharpe, whose occupation was simply recorded as ‘labourer’ , was set in the dock at Mansion House and... read more »
Peruvian revolutionary Juan Jose Crespo y Castillo was garroted on this date in 1812. Bust of Juan Jose Crespo y Castillo at Lima’s Panteon de los... read more »
My next book, Sister Sleuths – a history of female private detectives in Britain – will be published by Pen & Sword early next year. I’ll... read more »
On the 22nd of May 1951, after an argument with Joan, [Robert Dobie Smith] persuaded his brother Andrew to write a rambling letter to explain his intended... read more »
Iran today hanged wrestling champion Navid Afkari. Afkari was among thousands of Iranians to join 2018 nationwide protests against the government. These... read more »
On this date in 1568, the Russian boyar Ivan Petrovich Fedorov-Chelyadnin was personally “executed” by Ivan the Terrible. The vengeful tsar... read more »
From the Newgate Calendar: SAWNY DOUGLAS A Scottish Highwayman who laid England under toll, and took a Copy of “Chevy Chase” to Tyburn when... read more »
On this date in 906, Frankish noble Adalbert of Babenberg was done in by a feud. Our setting is the German duchy of Franconia, in the remains of Charlemagne’s... read more »
Czechoslovakian journalist Julius Fučík was executed by the Third Reich on this date in 1943. Nephew of a great composer of the same name,... read more »
The new series of Murder By The Sea – which looks at a different seaside-related crime case each week – begins tonight on CBS Reality. I’ve... read more »
Mass murderer Nils Narumseie was beheaded on this date in 1833 for a horror murder spree earlier that same year. Basically everything available about this... read more »
On this date in 1917, Sgt. John Thomas Wall of the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was shot at dawn during the horrific Battle of Passchendaele,... read more »
Javanese Islamist rebel Soekarmadji Maridjan Kartosuwiryo (alternatively, Kartosuwirjo or Kartosuwirio) was executed on this date in 1962. A onetime student... read more »
On this date in 1574, the courtier Charles de Mornay was executed for an aborted plot against the Swedish king. The French Huguenot had been a mainstay... read more »
On this date in 1803, the Maid of Buttermere was widowed by the hangman. (She only used to be a Maid, of course.) Before he was the presenter of BBC’s... read more »
On or just before this date in 2014, American journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by his Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Da’esh) captors. A “standup... read more »
On this date in 1938, former Soviet Finance Commissar Nikolai Bryukhanov (English Wikipedia entry | Russian) was shot during Stalin’s purges. Bryukhanov... read more »