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NCJ Number: 238038 Find in a Library
Title: Ruth Ellis and Public Contestation of the Death Penalty
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:50  Issue:5  Dated:December 2011  Pages:492-504
Author(s): Lizzie Seal
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines the case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in England and Wales.
Abstract: This article examines public reactions to the case of Ruth Ellis through an analysis of letters sent to the Home Secretary. The vast majority of these requested a reprieve, and highlighted themes such as her status as a mother, the murder as a crime of passion, David Blakely's mistreatment of her and the unfairness of applying the death penalty in her case. The author argues that one needs to analyze the public's views on Ruth Ellis in order to understand why her case was a pivotal one in turning the tide against capital punishment as a mandatory penalty for murder. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Abolishment of capital punishment; England; Female inmates; Female murderers; Female offenders; Wales
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