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Ruth Ellis

Ruth EllisAKA Ruth Neilson

Born: 9-Oct-1925
Birthplace: Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: 13-Jul-1955
Location of death: London, England [1]
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, St. Mary Churchyard, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: Wales
Executive summary: Last woman hanged in England

Night-club hostess who in a moment of rage shot and killed her abusive boyfriend David Blakely outside a Hampstead pub in full view of patrons, afterward asking them to call the police on her. Following a brief trial, she was hanged at the Holloway Prison for women three months later, the last woman to be executed in England. Her case caused a great public stir, prompting the abolition of the death penalty ten years later.

Subject of the film Dance with a Stranger (1985).

[1] Holloway Prison, Islington, London, England.

Son: Clare Andria (b. 1944, with a Canadian soldier)
Husband: George Ellis (m. 1950, separated 1951)
Daughter: Georgina (b. 1951 with Ellis)
Boyfriend: David Blakely (racecar driver, b. 1929, d. 10-Apr-1955 murder)

    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

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