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The Last Woman to be Hanged: The Ruth Ellis Story

The Last Woman to be Hanged: The Ruth Ellis Story (Paperback)

By Hancock, Robert

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On the eve of her hanging, Ruth Ellis wrote to a friend: 'I must close now but remember I am quite happy with the verdict, but not the way the story was told, there is so much that people don't know.' Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. This is her story. In Ju...ly 1955 Ruth Ellis was sentenced to death for the shooting of her lover, motor-racing driver David Blakely. Barely three months later she was executed at Holloway prison. In this book, Robert Hancock sets the record straight. Using official documents including the transcript of her trial at the Old Bailey, he unlocks the full, secret background to the story of the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Meticulous and fair in its analysis, The Last Woman to be Hanged is an absorbing portrait of the tragic life of a young woman, an incredibly vivid snapshot of an era, and a gripping account of a notorious case that shocked the nation and was a powerful lever in establishing the law of diminished responsibility and the eventual abolishment of capital punishment.
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ISBN 9781841884479
Released NZ 26 Nov 2020
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781841884479
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Seven Dials
Released 26 Nov 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hancock, Robert
Category True Crime
Crime & Criminology
Criminal Law
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 126mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 364.1523092
Weight 240g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Murder - History - 20th century - England - London
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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