By Wyatt Earp | July 13, 2011
I give the Brits a hard time because I feel like they completely transformed from being a world leader in all things important to a nebbish of a country paralyzed by political correctness.
So it’s nice to harken back to the glory days of Ol’ Britannia.
July 13, 1955 – Last Woman Hanged For Murder In Great Britain
Nightclub owner Ruth Ellis is convicted of murdering boyfriend David Blakely on this day in 1955. Ellis was later executed by hanging and became the last woman in Great Britain to be put to death.
She became involved in a tempestuous relationship with David Blakely, a playboy race-car driver. Ellis became pregnant but miscarried several days after a fight during which Blakely hit her in the stomach. She later became obsessed with Blakely when he failed to come see her as promised. On April 10, 1955, she shot him to death outside the Magdala pub in Hampstead, North London.
During her trial, which began in June 1955, Ellis stated “It was obvious that when I shot him I intended to kill him.” This was a critical statement, as British law required demonstration of clear intent in order to convict someone of murder. It reportedly took the jury less than half an hour to find Ellis guilty and she automatically received the death penalty.
That’s a shame . . . about stopping the hangings. Someone should bring it back.