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78,999.  How about hanging ourselves?  (Life’s Like That & Hanging & Suicide)  Samuel Beckett, Waiting For Godot starring Stephen Brennan & Barry McGovern & Johnny Murphy & Sam McGovern et al, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Estragon

 

2,227.  Why don’t we hang ourselves?  (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Hang)  ibid.

 

2,229.  We’ll hang ourselves tomorrow.  Unless Godot comes.  (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Hanging)  ibid.  Vladimir

 

 

4,522.  There is no man, good as he may be, who, if all his thoughts and actions were submitted to the scrutiny of the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.  (Man & Good & Hanging)  Montaigne aka Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essais 1580

 

 

14,493.  Life was never easy for Ruth Ellis.  Having given birth to a son whose father turned out to be a married man, she later had a daughter to her husband, George Ellis, a drunkard.  She then suffered a long and violent love-hate relationship with her racing car boyfriend, David Blakely.  And now, not long after she had miscarried his baby, he was ignoring her, choosing instead to drink with friends, including a woman known to have been his lover.  Small wonder that Ruth was hurt, angry and frustrated, and that her tortured mind, possibly driven by alcohol and certainly by jealousy, sought retribution.  But no-one, least of all Blakely himself, could have predicted that she would step from a doorway armed with a revolver to kill the man she loved.

 

It was Easter Sunday, 1955, and Ruth was 28 years old.  Five shots she fired into David Blakely’s body, as he emerged from the Magdala Tavern, Hampstead, with a male friend.  At point-blank range Blakely stood no chance.  His killing, as murders go, was unremarkable.  Several people witnessed the shooting, and Ruth Ellis never attempted to deny it.  But the murder of David Blakely is remembered after so many years for one reason: that Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in England.

 

Should she have hanged?  Was she guilty of murder, and not manslaughter, as she might have been?  This woman acquired a gun, was driven to a place she believed her intended victim to be, where she shot him in cold blood, not once but five times – hardly a spontaneous deed or an act of self-defence, no matter that she had been the victim of so much violence at the hands – and fists – of the man she killed.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Watford Observer library article

 

 

14,494.  In 1955 a murder was committed outside this pub in Hampstead, London.  The victim was David Blakely, and what made his killing so shocking was that his attacker had been his lover: Ruth Ellis.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook: Ruth Ellis

 

14,495.  Her name remains in the history books as the last woman to be hanged in Britain.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  ibid.

 

14,496.  Ruth underwent several illegal abortions during her time working as a hostess.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  ibid.

 

14,497.  She then turned the gun on herself, but the gun misfired.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  ibid.

 

 

14,499.  I’ve got enormous sympathy for Ruth Ellis, because she just didn’t have the self-awareness to be able to drag herself out of the mire she had got herself in ... She let the hangman do it for her.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Pip Granger

 

 

14,500.  I think one problem was that she was dressed as a hostess I think in court.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Justice Baroness Butler-Sloss

 

 

14,501.  Her defence was pretty meagre to say the least ... There was quite a lot that didn’t come out in court that would have helped her.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Professor David Wilson

 

 

14,502.  It’s obvious: when I fired the gun I intended to kill him.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Ruth Ellis

 

 

14,503.  On June 21st Ruth Ellis was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey and sentenced to death in accordance with the law ... Ruth Ellis had to die ... Three questions remain: should a woman hang?  Should anyone hang at all?  Or should there be degrees of murder?  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Pathé News

 

 

107,404.  Hampstead: Easter Sunday 1955: In cold blood Ruth Ellis had shot her lover David Blakely dead with a revolver.  They’d been lovers for eighteen months.  The law was clear: if Ruth Ellis was found guilty she would suffer the death penalty.  Ruth Ellis’ case became a sensation.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Rough Justice: Ruth Ellis: A Life for a Life, BBC 1999

 

107,405.  A woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown: violently abused and sorely provoked she was then ill-served not only by the solicitor who took her case and by her Queen’s Counsel but also by the Home Secretary of the day: he disregarded the evidence which could have saved her.  Ruth Ellis should not have suffered the hangman’s noose.  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  ibid.  

 

 

14,504.  I didn’t feel right in hanging this woman [Ellis].  (Murder & Hanging & Miscarriages of Justice: Ellis)  Albert Pierrepoint, hangman, to Laurence Marks, screenwriter & author

 

 

14,777.  Tomorrow morning, I’ll take this like a man.  (Murder Cases & Miscarriages of Justice: Hanratty & Hanging)  James Hanratty

 

 

16,008.  Four years later Shipman hanged himself in his prison cell.  (Murder Cases & Doctor & Suicide & Hanging)  Harold Shipman: Dr Death

 

 

19,997.  The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is good for nothing.  (Crime & Punishment & Death Sentence & Hanging & Capital Punishment)  Voltaire

 

 

23,039.  I’d hang all incompetents and fools anyway.  (Murder & Hanging)  Rope 1948 starring James Stewart & John Dall & Farley Granger & John Chandler & Cedric Hardwicke & Constance Collier & Douglas Dick & Edith Evanson et al, director Alfred Hitchcock, Brandon

 

 

23,358.  Hang him.  (Westerns & Hanging)  Hang Em High 1968 starring Clint Eastwood & Inger Stevens & Ed Begley & Pat Hingle & Ben Johnson & Charles McGraw & Ruth White & Bruce Dern & Alan Hale & James Westerfield & Denis Hopper et al, director Ted Post, head of posse

 

 

46,093.  Shall there be gallows standing in England when thou art king?  (Shakespeare & Hanging)  Henry IV I 2012 starring Roger Allam & Oliver Cotton & Jamie Parker & Joseph Timms & Sam Crane & Jason Baughan & Patrick Brennan & William Gaunt & Christopher Godwin & Daon Broni et al, director Dominic Dromgoole, Falstaff to Hal, Globe Theatre Sky Arts

 

 

75,442.  Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.  (Hanging & Marriage)  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night I v 18, Feste

 

 

75,443.  I am bewitched with the rogue’s company.  If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I’ll be hanged.  William Shakespeare, I Henry IV II ii 19

 

75,444.  Go hang thyself in thine own heir-apparent garters!  ibid.  II ii 49

 

75,445.  There live not three good men unhanged in England, and one of them is fat and grows old.  ibid.  II iv 146

 

 

75,446.  I will be hanged if some eternal villain,

Some busy and insinuating rogue,

Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,

Have not devised this slander.  I will be hanged else.  William Shakespeare, Othello IV ii @134, Emilia

 

 

46,722.  Strange Fruit – a song about the horrors of lynching in the south.  (Jazz & Hanging)  That Swing Thing, BBC 2013

 

 

56,772.  Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself.  (Proverb & Rope & Hanging)  Mid-17th century proverb

 

 

56,830.  One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.  (Proverb & Hanging)  Late 17th century proverb

 

 

71,288.  We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.  (Enemy & Hanging & Forgive)  Heinrich Heine

 

 

75,431.  Southern trees bear strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood on the root

Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.  Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit 1939

 

 

75,432.  Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.  Samuel Johnson, re execution of Dr Dodd for forgery 27th June 1777

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