“I hated my husband,” Samiha Abdel-Hamid, 30, told Cairo Police. She wouldn’t say anything more.

Her hatred had led her to strangle him in his sleep, to dismember his body and scatter the bits in bags which she dropped into the Suez Canal. To cover up the crime she then burned down her house.

When she was executed at Bab-el-Chalk Prison in Cairo on Sunday, January 11th, 1987, she became the first woman to be hanged in Egypt for 40 years. She struggled with warders as she mounted the gallows and as she was placed under the noose she cursed all men and spat at the execution officials.