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.
Ruth Ellis, Printer, LGBT Rights Activist. Her mother was born a slave in Tennessee, the family moved to Illinois where Ruth graduated from high school in 1919. With her life long companion, Ceciline Franklin they moved to Detroit in 1937. Ruth open Ellis-Franklin Printing, the first woman owned printing business in the city. Ruth passed away in 2000 at the age of 100 years. Today the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit honors her life and dedicated to homeless LGBT youth
Ruth Ellis was betrayed and abused by all men in her life: Her father tried to rape her, her first fiance turned out to be married, her husband beat her and David Blakely - the man she killed - repeatedly physically abused her