Ruth Ellis: The Last Woman To Hang In The UK

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged here in the United Kingdom. She shot her lover who had been physically abusive towards her. (During the trial Ellis mentioned how he had punched her in the stomach which may well have contributed to the loss of the baby she was carrying).

Today Eliss would, no doubt have received a prison sentence. This would, however have (in all probability) been light in nature due to the extreme physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her lover. The Ellis case is one of the reasons why I am, on balance opposed to the death penalty,


3 thoughts on “Ruth Ellis: The Last Woman To Hang In The UK

  1. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

    I am in two minds about the death penalty, there are pros and cons on both sides. However, I don’t believe we should be able to sentence anyone to death, while there is still a possibility of innocence, if we got to a point, where could say yes we have 100% guilty verdicts then I might consider it a possibility

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I don’t think that I could perform an execution in cold blood (E.G. be the one to flick the switch on the electric chair), however, having said that, I shed no tears for the Nazi war criminals who where executed for the horrendous crimes commited by the Third Reich (in particular the extermination of approximately 6 million Jews). I am not a pacificist, and do believe in the concept of a just war, to defend one’s country against invasion. I think though that defending the concept of a just war (and being prepared to kill in defence of one’s country/democracy) is a somewhat different issue to that of the death penalty. Kevin

      1. itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

        Completely agree and I am not sure you can compare them. My comment was very much in relation to those that are to be executed for murder, But then I do wonder how killing someone because they have killed someone else, makes it any different

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