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In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'.

Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay. But now, through new interviews and comprehensive research into previously unpublished sources, Carol Ann Lee examines the facts without agenda or sensation. A portrait of the era and an evocation of 1950s club life in all its seedy glamour, A Fine Day for a Hanging sets Ruth's gripping story firmly in its historical context in order to tell the truth about both her timeless crime and a punishment that was very much of its time.


A Fine Day for a Hanging
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Fine day for a hanging
June 15th, 2015
I found this book impossible to put down. I am especially interested in the time period and the setting of this book and was pleased that the author touched on many other people and events which took place in the same period. It has sparked my interest in other similar true crimes and characters of the 1940's and 1950's and taken my mind in many different directions. I found the author to be very fair and non bias in their description of the subject and this allows the reader to form their own opinions of the characters involved. Read and enjoy and thank your lucky stars that the justice system has moved forward over the last 60 years!
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