Ruth Ellis and public contestation of the death penalty

Seal, Lizzie (2011) Ruth Ellis and public contestation of the death penalty. The Howard Journal Of Criminal Justice, 50 (5). pp. 492-504. ISSN 0265-5527

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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. I argue that we need to analyse 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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
Depositing User: Lizzie Seal
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 08:11
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 08:11

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