On May 29th, 1868, over a thousand years of tradition in Britain and Ireland ended when capital punishment in public was ended.
Master Detective April 2010
On May 29th, 1868, over a thousand years of tradition in Britain and Ireland ended when capital punishment in public was ended. But hangings continued; they simply moved behind closed doors, no longer a source of public entertainment or amusement. From Thomas Wells on August 13th, 1868, to the simultaneous last executions on the same date – August 13th – in 1964, some 1,563 people were legally put to death at 115 different locations in these islands. Of the total, 129 were shot by firing squad, the overwhelming majority of these being in Ireland. Just 41 of the total executed were women. For each, where relevant, we list the condemned, date and place of execution, victim or victims and the hangman. With many illustrations, it really is a complete guide to every execution in Britain and Ireland between 1868 and 1964. See the middle of this issue for Death Behind Closed Doors, MD’s FREE 12-page pull-out.
He was a smuggler, drug dealer, arms runner, black marketeer, cheque forger and murderer. John Donald Merrett was one of those rare men who it is difficult to believe actually existed outside the pages of an adventure novel. One Life Of Crime and you’ll see what we mean.
HORROR ON THE HIGH SEAS
A British couple’s savage treatment at the hands of modern-day pirates
MURDER IN THE NAAFI
Part 4 in the series Last Executions
VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent
THE BEAST IS DEAD
“Most people saw the Bear side of Tom. But we knew the Beast side”
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
Fascinating material from Master Detective’s crime archives
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: BLOODBATH AT THE HOME FOR GENTLEFOLK
Why hadn’t the old folks benefactress come down to breakfast…and lunch?
THE WILD MAN OF THE SEA
The life and crimes of “super criminal” Donald Merrett
FREE MD PULL-OUT: DEATH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Your complete guide to every execution in Britain and Ireland between 1868 and 1964
A STORY OF IRISH BETRAYAL PART 10
Conclusion to the series surrounding Dr. Patrick Cronin, a fervent supporter of freedom for Ireland
FACING A LIFE SENTENCE
Blinded and scarred by flesh-eating lye, Carmen bravely fought back against all the odds
THE BETRAYERS OF RIBCHESTER
One squealer had his eye on the £100 reward, the other on saving his own life
MD FORUM: ARSENIC AND OLD JUSTICE
An enquiry regarding Bolton poisoner Betty Eccles