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Mary Ann Tracey, with two accomplices, Patrick Kearns and Hugh Burns,  was condemned to death in February 1880 for the murder of her husband, Patrick... read more »
John Lewis’ Oxford Street store, c.1885 Given the proliferation of shops in the capital it is not surprising that shoplifting was much more of a... read more »
It’s not hard to understand why the Andersonville Raiders turned criminal. But on this day in 1864, the group was decapitated when six of its leaders... read more »
Marine engineer George Johnson Armstrong on this date in 1941 was hanged at Wandsworth Prison … attaining an unenviable distinction as the first... read more »
The City of London’s Green Yard Victorian newspapers did not use headlines as we know them today but quite often they deployed a sort of headline... read more »
From about the middle of the nineteenth century mental weakness was used to explain some forms of petty offending, usually by women. The idea that female... read more »
A half-dozen murderers hanged in five different U.S. states on this date in 1880. Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, July 10, 1880. We make the count six,... read more »
[i] Mary Ann Tracey: sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, February 1880.   Mary Ann’s husband, Patrick Tracey, was shot dead in... read more »
One of the delights of the Police Court reportage is the additional information it gives me about the way society operated in the Victorian period. Because... read more »
Finland’s last peacetime execution occurred on this date in 1825: the instrument was an axe. Farmhand Tahvo Putkonen, deep in a blue gap celebrating... read more »
Chinese revolutionary Xu Xulin was executed on this date in 1907. As a civil servant in Anhui Province, this militant (English Wikipedia entry | German... read more »
Since the 1980s London has lost what remained of its working port on the Thames. The massive docklands development wiped away the last vestiges of warehouses... read more »
Shoko Asahara and six of his followers in the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged today in Japan as authors of one of the most infamous terrorist attacks in... read more »
Today, a new website resource, Prison History, is being launched at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham, itself the former county gaol. Those behind... read more »
In today’s post the normal tables are turned and as a policeman finds himself standing in a Police Court dock. PC Labram (186T) was up before Mr... read more »
Scottish “border reiver” John Armstrong of Gilnockie was hanged on this date in 1530 with his followers at Caerlanrig, without benefit of trial.... read more »
The reports of cases heard before the London Police Court magistrates can be frustrating. It isn’t always obvious what individuals roles are and... read more »
Police Magistrates had to deal with all sorts of things on a daily basis. As well as often being the first stage in most serious criminal prosecutions... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) Just before 6:00 a.m. on July 4, 1828, prison officers arrived at the cell of... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On July 4, 1941, a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy named Ephraim Sternschuss began... read more »
I’m really pleased today to be publishing a guest post from a fab crime historian and friend, Dr Lucy Williams. Lucy is a post-doctoral research... read more »
This is one of those cases where the truth is very hard to get at. On the surface it involves a deception but one in which the motive is far from crystal... read more »
Posted by Krista Kesselring; 2 July 2018. Sanctuary-seeking today typically refers to the efforts of refugees fleeing war or persecution who hope for... read more »
Catholic priest John Murphy was executed on this date in 1798 for his part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The Black 47 jam “Vinegar Hill”... read more »
I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a new book, co-authored with my colleague Professor Barry Godfrey. Criminal Women 1850-1920: Researching... read more »
1829 was the year that the Metropolitan Police Act was passed bringing a fully regulated and hierarchical system of police to the capital’s streets.... read more »
Archbishop Oliver Plunkett earned the last Catholic martyr’s crown in Britain on this date in 1681.* Product of County Meath blood and Italian seminary,... read more »
When a young woman turned up at Mr Gilson’s fishmongers on New Bond Street asking if he would cash a cheque for her master, the Earl of Bective,... read more »