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Justice & Punishment

The First Lethal Injection in Texas
2 years ago

The First Lethal Injection in Texas

Like so many people who find themselves taking a notable place in the annals of crime, Texas native Charles Brooks was an otherwise unexceptional individual. The interesting part of his …
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Oklahoma’s Last Convict to “Ride the Lightning”
2 years ago

Oklahoma’s Last Convict to “Ride the Lightning”

Henry Bookman, on December 10, 1915, was the first convict in Oklahoma to die in the electric chair. Fast forward to 1966, 51 years and 80 convicts later, and James …
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The First Electrocution in Oklahoma
2 years ago

The First Electrocution in Oklahoma

Not a name many readers will be familiar with, I know, but this otherwise unexceptional killer made Oklahoma history on December 10, 1915. He wasn’t just Oklahoma’s first convict to …
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The Last Hanged Man in Ireland
2 years ago

The Last Hanged Man in Ireland

Michael Manning was the last prisoner executed in the Republic of Ireland, ending a centuries-old tradition of executions in the Emerald Isle and another tradition of their being performed almost …
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Mugshots Provide a Glimpse into the Lives of Victorian-era Working Class
2 years ago

Mugshots Provide a Glimpse into the Lives of Victorian-era Working Class

In the Victorian-era life was bleak and times were hard. Men, women and children were dying in the streets and many took to petty crimes, not only because they needed …
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The Release of John Hinckley
2 years ago

The Release of John Hinckley

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley stood outside of the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C.. His only reason for being there was to kill the newly nominated President Ronald Reagan.


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Seven Die at Sing Sing
2 years ago

Seven Die at Sing Sing

Sing Sing is a name synonymous with a grim history. Even its original name ‘Sinck Sinck’ translates into English as ‘Stone upon stone.’ A myriad of tales abound of harsh …
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George Edward Smith
2 years ago

George Edward Smith

VE (Victory in Europe) marked the official end of hostilities in the European theatre of operations and quite possibly the largest and most joyous celebration in human history.

Unless, of …
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The Long Drop of William Frederick Horry
2 years ago

The Long Drop of William Frederick Horry

His name isn’t going to ring any bells with many Sword and Scale readers, I know, but Horry (an otherwise unexceptional murderer) occupies a singular place in the annals of …
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The Man They Couldn’t Hang
2 years ago

The Man They Couldn’t Hang

Outside the prison, a large crowd has gathered to await the execution by hanging of convicted murderer John Lee, condemned for the brutal murder of his employer, Miss Emma Keyes, …
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