On This Day in 1689; Judge Jeffreys, who gave them enough rope.


The original 'Hanging Judge' his name became a byword for bias, ruthlessness, callousness and cruelty, Jeffreys would die as a prisoner himself.

Sparky’s Revenge; South Carolina considers reinstating the electric chair.


So, the State of South Carolina (previously responsible for executing then exonerating 14-year old George Stinney)   is considering dusting off Old Sparky. Difficulties in obtaining lethal injection drugs have caused a backlog on Death Row. South Carolina has numerous condemned inmates, wants to start executing them, but can't obtain the legally-approved means to do it. … Continue reading Sparky’s Revenge; South Carolina considers reinstating the electric chair.

Albert Pierrepoint – Master Hangman.


.Public Executioner. It’s not what you’d call an everyday profession. Unusual? Certainly. Skilled? Absolutely. Dark and scary? Well, it depends on why you fancy the job, really. But it’s certainly not the sort of work that most people would consider a life’s ambition or the family business unless you happen to be Albert Pierrepoint. Albert … Continue reading Albert Pierrepoint – Master Hangman.

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. … Continue reading The Brits Who Fought For Hitler.

Armistice Day: Triumphant For Some, Tragedy For Others.


At 11am on November 11, 1918 the 'War to end all wars' was finally over. The guns ceased fire, the men in the trenches could, if they wanted, walk around in No-Man's-and without fear of death or injury and the British people could finally celebrate the end of what was at the time the most … Continue reading Armistice Day: Triumphant For Some, Tragedy For Others.

War, Remembrance And Puerile Politicians


B Company of the 8th Battalion, Royal East Surrey Regiment, making their ‘Football Charge’ on July 1, 1916, beginning the Battle of the Somme.   At 7:30am on July 1, 1916, Captain Wilfred Nevill led his company ‘over the top’ to start the Battle of the Somme. July 1, 1916 is still the darkest day … Continue reading War, Remembrance And Puerile Politicians