Saturday, November 8, 2014

Swift justice

Evening of May 11, 1812: broker John Bellingham shot and killed Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in the lobby of the House of Commons.

May 15, 1812: John Bellingham tried at the Old Bailey.  A claim of insanity was not accepted.

May 18, 1812: John Bellingham was hanged by the neck until dead.

No mucking about in those days.

[Cross-posted at Skepticlawyer.]


  1. I can't see any reason why, if they are caught in the act, that you can't try, convict and execute them in a couple of days. Would save a lot of time, money, and garbage all around.

    1. Yes, well, it was not as if there was any doubt as to guilt.