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

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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…