Saturday, August 08, 2009

Rough justice - Victorian style

By Peter Jackson
BBC News

Assassination of prime minister Spencer Perceval
Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead in 1812

Stealing from a rabbit warren or impersonating a Chelsea Pensioner may not sound like crimes of the century, but in Victorian England they could land you with a hangman's noose around your neck.

Trial records newly released by the National Archives and put online have lifted the lid on a brutal penal system and showcased some of the most infamous criminal cases.


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