Tommy Taylor’s SRU

What a week for Australia. It’s not what happened here, but rather what we must learn from foreign news. The terrible execution of hostages in Algeria carried out by Muslims in support of Malians and terrorists held in western countries. The result in troops being sent into action will escalate action both in France and … [Read the full story]

Morrissey provokes Falkland Island arguement

The singer Morrissey has continued to provoke in the Falklands row after his band played a concert in Argentina in T-shirts that shouted the words ‘WE HATE WILLIAM AND KATE’ around a wedding photo of the royal couple. The 52-year-old former Smiths frontman repeated earlier controversial remarks to Argentine fans that the Falkland Islands were … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1945

Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II. The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges … [Read the full story]

Witness claims Solly was ‘targeted for execution’

A witness has claimed that former South Africa rugby player Solly Tyibilika, who was shot dead at a Cape Town bar, was deliberately targeted for execution. The unnamed patron told a local news site that he was ordered aside by one of the two gunmen before the pair opened fire on Tyibilika, 32, who was … [Read the full story]

Job opportunity: Hangman wanted

If you’re willing and ready to do whatever for a buck, then a job may have just become available in a rural Indian town – as an executioner. Officials from the prison of Jorhat, 190 miles east of Gauhati, have a shortage of staff willing to send criminals to the gallows and have begun advertising … [Read the full story]

On This Day…1793

Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie-Antoinette follows him to the guillotine. The daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, she married Louis in 1770 to strengthen the French-Austrian alliance. At a time of economic turmoil in France, she lived extravagantly and encouraged her husband … [Read the full story]

On This Day…in 1915

British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad in Brussels for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I. The 49-year-old Cavell first entered the nursing profession in 1895, and in 1907 she became the matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels. Following the German invasion of neutral Belgium, … [Read the full story]

Ronald Ryan, the last execution in Australia

Ronald Ryan was the last person to be legally executed in Australia. Ryan was found guilty of shooting and killing prison officer George Hodson during a prison escape from Pentridge Prison, Victoria in 1965. The hanging of Ryan sparked some of the biggest public protests ever seen in the history of Australia and lead to … [Read the full story]