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The Dark Side of Victorian Policing

By Cassie Watson; posted 31 March 2022. Recent events have called unwelcome attention to the Metropolitan Police, whose approach to tackling police corruption has been found to be unfit for purpose, most notably in relation to the murder of Daniel...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 31 Mar 2022

An authentick account of the life of Mr. Charles Drew

Title: An authentick account of the life of Mr. Charles Drew, late of Long-Melford in the county of Suffolk : who was tried and convicted at Bury Assizes, for the murder of his father, Mr. Charles John Drew … To which is added, a faithful account of...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 20 Dec 2021

Serial Homicide before ‘Serial Killers’: British Poisoners

By Cassie Watson; posted 16 December 2021. Despite the now well-established academic interest in homicide, criminal justice historians have paid relatively little attention to a sub-group of murderers with whom the media has long been obsessed: the...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 16 Dec 2021

Sarah Malcolm

A reversed copy of a Hogarth print. Portrait of Sarah Malcolm, shown three-quarter length and seated as she leans with her hands on a table to left, looking back over her left shoulder. She wears a white apron and a white shawl over her head. A bloody...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 24 May 2021

Property Rites: How ‘modern’ is the story of Mary Ashford?

As a warning to female virtue, and a humbleMonument to female chastity,This stone marks the grave ofMARY ASHFORD,Who, in the 20th year of her age,Having incautiously repaired to aScene of amusement, without proper protection,Was brutally violated and...
From: Naomi Clifford on 27 Apr 2021

Victorian Crime News: Evidence Which Cannot Err or Deceive?

By Cassie Watson; posted 28 March 2021. Our ability to research the history of crime is expanding at a remarkable rate, as more and more legal documents and historic newspapers are digitised. Despite paywalls and the shortcomings associated with optical...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 28 Mar 2021

The Sign of the Gallows--Lucy at the Crossroads

It's been five years since A Death Along the River Fleet (2016) was released, but for Lucy Campion, only a few months of 1667 have passed in The Sign of the Gallows. ​Although the mystery in that last novel was of course concluded, there were...
From: Susanna Calkins, Author on 2 Feb 2021

Murder in Sanctuary: Liberty Jurisdictions and the Prosecution of Felony in Early Tudor England

Posted by Shannon McSheffrey, 19 January 2021. Figure 1: Timeline of Homicides in St Martin le Grand, 1508-17. Between 1508 and 1517, a string of six homicides occurred within the precinct of the collegiate church of St. Martin le Grand. Located...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 19 Jan 2021

January 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A POEM on the Execution of William Shaw.” True crime!  News of the murder of Edward East circulated widely in New England.  The Massachusetts Gazette and...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jan 2021

Highway Robbery at Highbury: The Murder of PC Daly in 184

By Cassie Watson; posted 30 December 2020. English legal records include information about the service experiences of thousands of law officers of all ranks, from eighteenth-century excisemen and parish constables to Victorian beat constables and Edwardian...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 30 Dec 2020

Watch “By her own consent”: Mary Ashford and Rape Culture in the Georgian Era

A chance to see the talk I delivered online for Vauxhall History and South Lambeth Library on 8 December 2020. I explore the story of Mary Ashford’s murder in 1817 and look at what it tells us about rape in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The...
From: Naomi Clifford on 14 Dec 2020

‘Don’t Be Ridiculous!’

A ridiculous review of Robin Stevens’ A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series Robin Stevens, Death Sets Sail (London: Puffin, 2020) Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, schoolgirl detectives in the late 1930s (the Golden Age of both Crime Fiction and...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 18 Aug 2020

A Murder-Suicide in Stephen Basdeo’s Victorian Ancestors: The Case of George Leedham (1871)

By Stephen Basdeo I have been doing a lot of work this past year tracing my ancestors and discovering their history. Imagine how delighted (wrong word, perhaps!) I was when I discovered that, on my mother’s side (my father is from Guyana, and it’s...

The Fine Art of Murder

Stephen Basdeo This website usually deals with the ‘fun’ side of crime history by discussing mobsters, outlaws, and highwaymen. Yet not all portrayals of crime and criminals were wild and brave characters as Walter Scott depicted them, and...

The Laws of Moses…and of England?

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 6 July 2020. Facing the prospect of executions resuming for federal prisoners in the U.S., one might well reflect on past debates about the use of the death penalty. In other times and places, which heinous crimes, exactly,...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 6 Jul 2020

“Is she or isn’t she?” How an age-old plea of pregnancy saved women from execution

I was all set to give a talk on 1 May at the National Theatre in London exploring themes in Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Welkin, which was then in performance. Of course, the Coronavirus lockdown meant everything was cancelled, so I am instead posting...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 May 2020

William, the ‘Wicked Lord’ Byron – actress abducter & cowardly killer?

Dearest readers, A new video is UP! See below for a quick intro to the angry, dissipated career of William, 5th Lord Byron – known to history as ‘the Wicked Lord’ or ‘Devil Byron’/ Features actress abduction, a wolf, &...
From: The History of Love on 10 Apr 2020

Did Birmingham artist Samuel Lines know murdered Mary Ashford?

Early in the morning of Tuesday 27 May 1817, a labourer came across a pair of boots, a bonnet and bundle of clothes near a stagnant pit of water just north of the village of Erdington near Birmingham. He surmised that someone had gone into the pit and...
From: Naomi Clifford on 30 Mar 2020

Celebrating (?) a Hundred Years since the start of Prohibition!

Chicago Daily Tribune Jan 16, 1920 One hundred years ago, on January 17, 1920 at 12:01 AM, the United States collectively lost its mind.Well, perhaps less dramatically... the 18th Amendment officially went into effect across the United States and...
From: Susanna Calkins, Author on 17 Jan 2020

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

By Cassie Watson; posted 11 December 2019. As the current election campaign draws to a close amid increasingly shrill claims and counterclaims, I am reminded of a saying that, while common today, appears to have originated around the time of a much earlier...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 11 Dec 2019

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