Seal, L. (2011) 'Ruth Ellis and public contestation of the death penalty.', The Howard journal of criminal justice., 50 (5). pp. 492-504.
This article examines public reactions to the case of Ruth Ellis through an analysis of letters sent to the Home Secretary. The vast majority of these requested a reprieve, and highlighted themes such as her status as a mother, the murder as a crime of passion, David Blakely's mistreatment of her and the unfairness of applying the death penalty in her case. I argue that we need to analyse the public's views on Ruth Ellis in order to understand why her case was a pivotal one in turning the tide against capital punishment as a mandatory penalty for murder.
|Keywords:||Death penalty, Capital punishment, Murder, Public opinion, Ruth Ellis.|
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00691.x|
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