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On this date in 1896,* Persian revolutionary Mirza Reza Kermani was hanged publicly for assassinating the Qajar Shah of Persia. Shah since his gouty father... read more »
The men that served as Police Court Magistrates in the various summary courts of the capital were not appointed to a single court indefinitely. The policy... read more »
Privates Eliga Brinson (of Tallahassee, Florida) and Willie Smith (of Birmingham, Alabama) were hanged on this date in 1944 at Shepton Mallet prison. The... read more »
The Coburg Theatre c.1820 (renamed  the Victoria after 1832) In modern times actors have had to deal with noises and interruptions from their audience,... read more »
On this date in 1966, James French went to the Oklahoma electric chair, clinching his spot in perpetuity on last-words listicles by cracking to the press... read more »
George Walters was a hero of the Crimean War. At Inkerman on 5 November 1857 his quick thinking and bravery saved the life of an officer in the heat of... read more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1941, less than two months after Germany invaded the Soviet Union,... read more »
One of the perhaps inevitable side-effects of being a crime historian is that wherever I go, I get distracted by a place’s criminal history. Recently,... read more »
In 1871 Mr Tomlinson ran a pawnbrokers on the Kentish Town Road. Pawnbrokers served the whole community but mostly acted as a form of money lending for... read more »
Seventy-five years ago today, six German saboteurs were electrocuted in a Washington, D.C. jail … a failed World War II operation that bequeathed... read more »
The 8th August 1888 has considerable significance for anyone familiar with the so-called ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders of that year. Although the... read more »
A woefully delayed update since my last posting…though the time has not been misspent.I am thrilled to announce a new, two-book deal with Pen and... read more »
The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon (1885) was one of a handful of scandals that rocked Victorian society in the last few decades of the nineteenth century.... read more »
Swabian revolutionary Ernst Elsenhans was shot at fortress Rastatt on this date in 1849 for his role in the Elsenhans — that’s a German link,... read more »
On this date in 1859,* the Ratu (chief or prince) Seru Epenisa Cakobau hanged a major obstacle to his control the Fiji archipelago. Fiji comprises over... read more »
The beheading of Anna Mansdotter, as depicted in the Illustrated Police News of 23 August 1890 (via the British Newspaper Archive) ‘The beheading... read more »
At half-past 11 at night John Harris was attempting to sell copies of a local newspaper. There had been a murder in Notting Hill that had seized the attention... read more »
On this date in 1944, a weeklong German slaughter of Polish civilians and resistance fighters began in the Wola district of the capital city Warsaw. ... read more »
A brief entry today, if I may be permitted, but an odd one. We are a nation of animal lovers. I am not sure when that started but it seems to have been... read more »
In early August 1881 four young men appeared in the dock at Clerkenwell Police Court charged with picking pockets in Islington. It was a fairly straightforward... read more »
The free imperial city of Nuremberg has been a regular feature on this site thanks to the detailed journal of executions kept by its legendary executioner... read more »
A barbarous, foul, & horrid deed I shortly will recite, Which did occur in Portsmouth town Upon a Sunday night; An aged man of eighty years, His housekeeper... read more »
In July 1881 the dean of Westminster Abbey, the Rev Arthur Stanley, died. He had served as dean since 1863 and wrote several religious articles. His burial... read more »
We’re pleased to present the following guest post by Alex Wakelam, a doctoral student in the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and... read more »
Montagu Williams, by ‘Spy’, Vanity Fair, (1879) At the beginning of August 1876 Harriet Sutcliffe stood in the dock at Marylebone Police... read more »
On this date in 1952, Johann Burianek became the first person executed by East Germany. A machinist and a World War II Wehrmacht soldier, Burianek (English... read more »
Frederick William Turner was described in the Southwark Police Court as a ‘singular-looking young fellow’ but also (by the magistrate), as... read more »
From the Pennsylvania Gazette, Aug. 7, 1766: BURLINGTON (New-Jersey) August 4 At a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held at Burlington, on Wednesday, the Thirtieth... read more »