1955 Ruth Ellis hanged

Ruth Ellis was married to an alcoholic dentist, who she killed with a gun at the behest of a new boyfriend David Blakely who threatened her with violence.

She had suffered significant sexual abuse from her father when she was a child and probably suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder.

Her death sentence evoked a public outcry.

Her case together with that of Evans and of Bentley formed the basis of a popular movement to abolish the death penalty.


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