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Justice & Punishment

The First Electrocution in Oklahoma
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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The Trial of Lena Baker
1 year ago

The Trial of Lena Baker

The case of Lena Baker, the only woman to be electrocuted in Georgia and, until Kelly Renee Gissendaler in 2015, the only woman executed there at all, is a prime …
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The Etymology of Execution
1 year ago

The Etymology of Execution

According to Samuel Johnson, distinguished writer and creator of the first English dictionary:

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in the morning, it concentrates the mind.”

With …
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