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Hanging and Gibbeting

Hanging and Gibbeting

By: Donna Scott

January 9, 2021
Death by hanging was used as a form of capital punishment in England as early as the fifth century. Other methods of execution found their way into history over the years as well, yet never managed to maintain the longevity of death by hanging. Castration, blinding,...
The London Lock Hospital

The London Lock Hospital

By: Donna Scott

According to many historiographers, 18th century London marked a high point in sexual liberation. Thousands of prostitutes—both men and women—offered their services either within brothels or molly houses, or on the street in areas notoriously known for being rife with...
The London Monster

The London Monster

By: Donna Scott

November 27, 2020
Almost everyone has heard of Jack the Ripper, the villain who wandered the streets of London in 1888, killing prostitutes in the dead of night. Few people are aware, however, that he had a predecessor, a sexual miscreant who terrorized those same streets exactly one...