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Ruth Ellis (9 October 1926 – 13 July 1955) was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely. On Easter Sunday 1955, Ellis shot Blakely dead outside a public house in Hampstead, and immediately gave herself up to the police. The picture of the attractive blonde murderess remains one of the iconic images of 1950's London.

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Ruth Ellis inspires the new play The Thrill of Love at the St James Theatre. Read our review:

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Great Britain 1951 Festival of Britain Fine Mint

Great Britain 1951 1951 Festival of Britain Fine Mint SG 513 4 Scott 290 1 Other British Postage Stamps HERE

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Standing on 100mm legs, the Morsø S11-42 is a stunning example of a small stove offering all the attributes of a larger model. The viewing area is maintained a

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Doomed to hang because she refused to betray her lover - and insisted on staying a 'tarty' blonde

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On this day: Ruth Ellis, last woman to be executed in UK, shoots lover David Blakely

Ruth Ellis (right) and the man she killed David Blakely (left) (PA) Click on picture to warch short video

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