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08/03/2009 12:48 PM ID: 80014 Permalink   

Historical UK Trials -- Including "Jack the Rippper" Suspect -- Go Online


A British Web site has become home to some of England's most well-known criminal trials from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Overall, about 1.4 million documents are being published on the Web site.

The trials include that of Dr. Thomas Neil Cream, who confessed to being Jack the Ripper despite the fact that he was detained in prison at the time of some of the killings. Roderick McLean's trial is also featured.

McLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle. Managing director Olivier Van Calster said: "This collection will be of great use to social historians as they contain a variety of in-depth information about crime and criminals..."

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I love to read through old documents.

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The documents include 900,000 sentences of imprisonment, 97,000 transportations, some to British colonies at the time such as Australia, and 10,300 executions, including a boy aged just 14.

The death penalty was imposed for crimes ranging from stealing anything worth more than five shillings (30 pounds today or 35 euros), theft of livestock, poaching of rabbits and cutting down trees.

I wonder what sort of punishment they would come up with on the child abuse we have in our world today. It makes you think about capital punishment, when you read what they used it for in the past. One thing has not changed a lot if you were gentry you would get away with any crime at all. I think they knew who Jack the Ripper was but he had some form of stance, which may well have got him off. I doubt that will ever be discovered now.
  by: captainJane     08/03/2009 07:08 PM     
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