Trial Watchers – A Strange Breed.


"Prisoner at the Bar, the sentence of this court is that you be taken from this place to a lawful prison and thence to a place of execution where you shall be hanged by the neck until you are dead. And that afterwards your body shall be cut down and buried within the precincts of …

Bill Richmond – Boxer, Trainer, Socialite (and Hangman?).


A few days ago we looked at the tragic tale of Henry Flakes, the boxer who might have been something special had circumstance and crime not derailed his plans. Today, we're going to look at Bill Richmond AKA 'The Black Terror.' This is another tale where crime and sport (apparently) mix but go (fortunately for …

Herbert Rowse Armstrong – A Poisonous Plymothian


  Herbert Rowse Armstrong, the only British lawyer to be hanged for murder,   Next up in a parade of deliberately-forgotten Plymouth folk is Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong. Retired Army Major, former MP for Plymouth, respectable small-town lawyer, embezzler, fraudster, repeat poisoner and one of Britain’s most notorious murderers. His case isn’t especially memorable in …

Oklahoma: The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett


Here's an interesting link for the inside track on this debacle. It's a preliminary summary from Robert Patton (Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections) to Mary Fallin (Oklahoma State Governor):   https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8bT8f-N8gQvT0liN0I3d1NIRlU/edit?pli=1     Here's the text in full. Further comment by me is probably unnecessary:  

The Brits Who Fought For Hitler.


The SS motto - 'My honour is loyalty.'   As a freelance scribbler and long-time student of military history I love finding the more overlooked or forgotten aspects of the subject. For instance, the popular narrative of the Second World War holds that the British people pulled together, fighting as one for a common cause. …

‘Doctor’ Crippen, Hanged Today In 1910. Innocent? Or Hanged For The Wrong Murder..?


Most people know the name. Most who know the name, know the story. 'Doctor' Hawley Harvey Crippen (actually a salesman of quack remedies) unwittingly became one of criminal history's most infamous names. His wife Cora disappeared. Her remains were found beneath  the coal cellar of their home, 39 Hilldrop Crescent. Crippen flees to Canada with …

Joseph Paul Franklin Will Die Tonight


This is Joseph Paul Franklin. He's reportedly confessed to 22 murders, at least 16 bank robberies, several non-fatal shootings and a number of other crimes. Most famously, Franklin was the man who shot porn magnate Larry Flynt (leaving him permanently paralysed) and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. Jr. (who also survived). Franklin, barring any last-minute …

Hitmen, Hangmen And Hypocrisy.


  'I have come to the conclusion that executions solve nothing, and are only an antiquated relic of a primitive desire for revenge which takes the easy way and hands over the responsibility for revenge to other people.' Britain's former chief public executioner Albert Pierrepoint in his 1974 memoir 'Executioner: Pierrepoint.'   I know, I …

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