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 (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.

David Blakely and Ruth Ellis, last woman to be hanged for murder in the UK

David Blakely and Ruth Ellis, last woman to be hanged for murder in the UK

On 13th July 1955, Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely. Newsreel: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/ruth-ellis-special

On 13th July 1955, Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely. Newsreel: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/ruth-ellis-special

Visit Biography.com to learn more about Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed by the state in England.

Visit Biography.com to learn more about Ruth Ellis, the last woman executed by the state in England.

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