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Henry Skewes The Digital Panopticon team are getting out and about in May and June to talk eighteenth and nineteenth century criminal history and what... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1775,* plantation owner William Pitman was hanged for murder in... read more »
Most of those occupying the dock at the London Police courts were, broadly defined, members of the city’s working classes. When persons of a ‘higher... read more »
On this date in 1528, the Augsburg Anabaptist Eitelhans Langenmantel was executed as a heretic, along with a servant and a maid. Langenmantel had used... read more »
London was a busy city in the 1800s and, just as it is today, it was full of traffic and people in a hurry. As a consequence of this, accidents happened... read more »
On this date in 1643, all copies of the Book of Sports were publicly burned by the common hangman. Product of the queer eddies of a century’s religious... read more »
Samuel Palethorpe was perhaps a typical young man from a respectable, if not wealthy background; typical in that he had indulged his passions rather more... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1887, 63-year-old Charles Smith was judicially hanged at Oxford... read more »
Detective Burgess and detective-sergeant Chide were looking for an infant when they called at a house in Olney Street, Walworth, south London. They had... read more »
On this date in 1679, the French soothsayer Marie Bosse went to the stake as France dealt out death for the Affair of the Poisons. After the disgrace and... read more »
From “Buggery and the British Navy”, in History of Homosexuality in Europe and America Unlike modern military law, which tends to distinguish... read more »
London bank clerks dressed in the height of male fashion in the Victorian period In the middle of a May night one of the housemaid’s... read more »
From the St. Louis Republic, July 9, 1898 James Nettle has Partly Confessed. Suspect in the Mann Murder Case Admits All but the Shooting. Caused the Arrest... read more »
Drugs were legal in the Victorian period, so when Hartmann Henry Saltzberger appeared in court it was not because he was described as a ‘dealer... read more »
Guest post by Ted Powell; 7 May 2017. Medieval English Kings were very concerned to maintain the quality and integrity of their coinage, principally the... read more »
On this date in 1801, robber prince Franz Troglauer was hanged at Amberg. A lifelong picaro, Troglauer had several brushes with the law at his back when... read more »
Islington in the Victorian era For many years before I became an academic historian I worked in retail, either running shops as a manager or serving... read more »
The Dublin hanging of John Coamber on this date in 1725 for the previous year’s notorious mugging/murder of a city counselor named Richard Hoar(e)... read more »
In September 1908, a Canadian seaman named John Metcalfe was charged at Tower Bridge Police Court with stabbing a telephone operator. The Commercial Docks... read more »
There was a market for pretty much anything stolen in the Victorian period. Today we are familiar with the character of ‘knock-off Nigel‘ who... read more »
On this date in 1945, Slovene resistance member Majda Vrhovnik was executed by the Gestapo in Klagenfurt, days before the end of World War II. A University... read more »
When William Booth founded his Christian mission in Whitechapel in 1865 it was just just another example of nineteenth-century evangelical religious fervour.... read more »
On this date in 1919, the commandante of the “Red Army” of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic was shot by the German soldiers and Freikorps... read more »
In the first year or so from their creation in 1829 the ‘New Police’ experienced a somewhat troubling baptism of fire. Resented by the working... read more »
On this date in 1821, a chief of the Seneca Native American nation slit the throat of a woman named Kauquatau, who had been condemned as a witch. As Matthew... read more »
Rose Cleveland had once been a lady of substance but by May 1873 she had fallen very far indeed. She still retained some of her old contacts and acquaintances,... read more »
On this date in 1691, 11 hanged publicly at Tyburn. From the Ordinary’s Account they make a fairly typical, if voluminous, assortment: an infanticide,... read more »
Profiling the Alienists - VIII (continued)Continuing from Part 1of this two-part posting, profiling Victorian alienist, Dr Alexander John Sutherland -... read more »
As PC 99 L Division made his usual patrol by the Surrey side of Blackfriars Bridge  (i.e south of the River Thames) he saw a woman sitting on the... read more »