Now You See Me
By Carly Halse
The “hidden story” of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. The year was 1955 and Ruth Ellis openly admitted to killing her lover David Blakely who she gunned down at the Magdala pub in London in 1953. What is little know though is that Blakely was violent and controlling. A few days before the murder he had brutally beaten Ruth and she suffered a miscarriage. At a time when she needed support and help her close male friend, Desmond Cussen, gave her a gun, showed how to use it and drove her to the Magdala pub. Yet he was never called to account. Her case led to changes in the law recognising the defence of “diminished responsibility”.
Part of our “Hidden Stories” series