On This Day in 1921, George Bailey -Convicted by Britain’s first female jurors in a capital case.
In today’s more enlightened times there is nothing unusual about women serving on juries, but it wasn’t always so. British courts didn’t permit female jurors until 1920. They were still a novelty on 13 January 1921 when three women joined a jury at Aylesbury. The defendant was one George Bailey. The charge was capital murder.…
On This Day in 1934; The last British hanging witnessed by a journalist.
When Frederick Parker and Albert Probert mounted the gallows at Wandsworth Prison, they died never knowing they’d taken a singular place in Britain’s chronicles of crime. Theirs would be last execution in British prison to be witnessed by a gentleman (or lady) of the press. Until the Capital Punishment (Amendment) Act of 1868 executions were…
Doctor George Henry Lamson, the ‘Sleight of Hand Poisoner’; Not as clever as he thought.
All in all, a sorry fate for a man who'[d once shown such promise.