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Ok. So like 'laudanum' for example. Pronounced law-duh-num, it is perhaps one of the most simple and direct words to pronounce phonetically
ON NO PLANET are you incapable of pronouncing this word correctly and I find it very hard to believe that this episode script was your first time ever encountering the word. For someone who enunciates their words so exquisitely, there seems little chance of you flubbing the word and deciding to keep it in instead of doing a 5-minute reshoot.
So, with the above so plain to see, I can only assume intentional mispronunciation. Am I like, totally crazy?
Thanks for posting this! I lived in East London for 50+ years and I didn't know most of these. I used to work in Whitechapel, just down the road from the Blind Beggar; knew of its reputation but never went in - I didn't tend to move in those circles
I can remember some details about two Kray funerals but glad that that's all I know about them
I read that Ruth Ellis had to wear a bizarre canvas contraption under her clothing to be executed in. I think this came about after a young lady was hanged c. early 20th century/maybe the 1910s for conspiring to murder her husband (she didn't actually kill him). She kicked and screamed all the way to the scaffold, and when the trapdoor dropped (and so did she) she haemmorhaged an enormous amount of blood from her uterus (or thereabouts), and everyone who went to gloat and jeer at her screamed and lost their lunches. The hangman, I think he was Albert Pierrepont, was horrified and said he'll never execute a woman again if this is what would happen. It wasn't certain whether she miscarried, or whether she had endometreosis or some such. She'd stopped eating in prison so a lot was going on.
So Holloway Prison (again not 100% sure if this was where it happened, sorry) designed this weird canvas get-up with lots of belts that was supposed to contain a woman's lady bits should they decide to exit her body at a vast rate of knots. Ruth was supposedly the first woman to wear the canvas nappy, and it took her and the wardress ages to figure out how to get into it. They even joked a little when it looked like she'd put it on backwards. Apparently Ruth was the perfect prisoner, very quiet, caused no trouble, and the wardress was genuinely upset when Ruth walked to the scaffold.
I also recall the judge even asking her in the trial if she wanted to have the domestic abuse taken into consideration, reminding her she's facing the death penalty otherwise, but she just quietly sat there and said 'No, I murdered him.' Or something to that effect. Dunno who her lawyer was. I'm glad there's an effort to have her sentence amended to manslaughter.
Crippen was never an infamous murderer.
The only reason he rose to notoriety, is the fact that he was the first person to be caught by the use of radio telegraphy, and as such went into the history books.
He was not even a medical doctor, but a homeopathic medicine man.
Battersea mystery and Thames torso murders could easily be the same person. Also Whitehall mystery and other torsos. And it could even be the Ripper. A sadistic meat cart driver prostitute murderer (Charles Cross/Lechmere?!) disposing of the bodies of the prostitutes he murdered and dismembered in a private venue when no witnesses were around and where his cart was normally available to carry the body parts and dispose them in the Thames along with animal bones and unusable intestines, bodies being chopped up for easier handling, packing and to be more easily dismissed as just butchery waste for any surprise faraway onlooker in the night? And at times there were witnesses at the venue, and the killer urge overcame him he murdered random prostitutes on the street? Although them all being one man has the difficulty that at least some of the dismembered body parts were found as far upriver as Chelsea whereas the Ripper most probably was a Whitechappel resident who lilely also worked there if he was employed and it seems to me illogical to go so far upriver to a comparatively richer neighborhood to discard animal bones and/or human body parts in the Thames - I imagine such dropoff points could more readilly be found in the East end or even further downriver. Depending of its time could the tide carried the body parts upriver as far as Chelsea since there was no Thames barrier back then? Although again I imagine and waste dumping into the Thames would normally be made at times when the tide was withdrawing towards the sea precisely to avoid polluting the city...
This stuff is fine but I totally agree with the prime minister of new Zealand. When she said that the recent mass murder was trying to seek attention for his twisted thoughts and to make a name for himself. We must try are best to forget the killer but remember the victims.
One of the local pubs wanted to change its name to the Jack The Ripper. the Post Office declined to accept the change of name, refusing to put it in the phone book. Naming a pub after a mass murderer? what next, the Jolly Nazi? The Adolf Arms?
I found it interesting that the use of hanging for execution was being used all the way into at least the 1950's.
Simon, why is this the case and what changed it, assuming it has changed? I am on the other side of the pond on the shores of Erie.
Damon's Old Soul - The last execution in Britain was in 1964, and capital punishment was abolished shortly after. ( No European country has it anymore). Public opinion railed against it following the Evans, Bentley and Ellis cases throughout the 1950s, with many public demonstrations demanding its abolition. I happen to live in the town where the last execution by pressing to death was carried out! (We also had the last public auction of women). 🇬🇧
Other interesting crimes are those of 'Jack The Stripper' who killed several women in the 1960's, and who was never caught. Then there's the gruesome 'Ratcliff Highway Murders', where the victims were killed with tools. The killer was caught, tried, and executed, and buried at a crossroad junction. Then there's Gordon Cummins, who killed women during the blackout in the last war. His killing weapon of choice? An old style 'Stab & Rip' can opener. He treated his victims as if they were tin cans. Then there's Ginter Wiora, who killed his common law wife with a samurai sword, in south London.
I'm related [great-great nephew] to Francis Tumblety, a major subject of Jack the Ripper who carried womans uteruses around after he fled England. Tumblety was also involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Your content was interesting for a while but you make so much of it that can be read on wikipedia or some lame click bait listicle site that's already done the hard work of compiling the lists. I'm kind of sick of your content and I'm unsubbing.
I continue to be amazed by the amount of work your team does. The Kray Twins were a fascinating story in and of themselves; Burke and Hare I just read about a few weeks ago. I have to wonder if the doctor they sold the corpses to had ANY idea what they were up to. He had to, right?
@lagitanavderoscio that would be very cool of you! I love all things related to gore; but it is mainly because I like to try and figure out what happened before the end of various TV shows, movies, books, etc.
@lagitanavderoscio That...that is crazy!!! Maybe it was to take their minds off of all the gore surrounding them? But if I found out that MY loved ones bits were thrown around for "fun", I would sue. Holy shite!
Request for a video one 10 facts about USS Constitution I can name two she is the oldest commissioned war ship still afloat HMS Victory lost that when she was permanently dry docked and she is the only ship of state in the world
No mention of the Acid Bath Murderer, John Haigh? Or John Christie (10 Rillington Place)? Or even Dennis Nilsen (although I understand if that has potential to upset the relatives of victims), but you could also mention the Shepherds Bush murders.
@The Cinematic Mind Haigh admitted that his first murder and disposal of the corpse took place 79 Gloucester Road, SW7, then he rented a workshop in Crawley to dispose of the ensuing victims. Slightly tenuous I admit, but it was a series of gruesome crimes that started in London and not in keeping with the image that Haigh projected.
Calling one of the Kray Brothers a poof is simply suicidal.
As for Hare and Burke, there's a 2010 comedy about their life. The cast is brilliant with names like Simon Pegg, Tom Wilkinson and Isla Fisher. Very good watch!
also in Paris at one time, baby farming....or sending the baby out to be suckled and raised in the countryside... was common for ALL FAMILIES. Many children at the time did not make it to age 2 or 3, so it wasn't considered odd that many children never made it back. It was simply that breastfeeding and also the care of a newborn was too bothersome for many families (even middle class), so sending the baby to the country was even considered the fashionable thing to do. It took the French government running a huge PR campaign, to get French mothers to raise their babies. One thing brought up was the new belief that a mother has an influence even on a young infant...the belief before then was that babies don't remember anything so who raises them isn't important.
He doesn't write them. He is the narrator, the "face" of the channel. There would be a staff of writers, editors and researchers for the topics. I'm not saying you shouldn't complain, I'm just telling you where to point your finger...
love your jacket. Also, how about...Prime Minsters, Presidents, other leaders of nations, that were also heroes? Say Winston Churchill in South Africa and such? (not sure how much heroics in a Colonial nightmare but still?)
@The Republic Of Ireland if you mean that git William of Orange. Totally with you. He usurped the throne and back then, England and Ireland were less hostile. If you mean recently... then it still all goes back to Pillock of Orange. In the troubles, both sides were being dicks.
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