Ruth Ellis becomes the last UK woman to be sentenced to hang


At the time, Ruth Ellis was just the fifteenth woman to be sentenced to hang that century.

When she used a .38 Smith and Wesson to kill her violent, cowardly, cheating, money draining lover, she was drinking heavily and was on tranquillisers to ease the pain of a recent miscarriage he had caused by punching her in the stomach. This didn’t stop her death sentence.

After a life ruined by men, Ellis’s would be ended by another, England’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint…