Hallie Rubenhold is the host of Bad Women: The Ripper Retold. She is an award-winning historian, author, and consultant. Her research has centered on the often-neglected lives of women. Several of…
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Season Finale: Marjorie Cummins is certain that her husband is innocent – he’s not the violent Blackout Ripper and he shouldn’t hang for murder. She loyally supports him in court – refusing to believe the compelling evidence against him. Will the jury agree with her?
In wartime London, it seems, men could murder some women and still escape the hangman. Some juries defied the directions of judges to reach ‘not guilty’ verdicts if the female murder victims were painted as being promiscuous, immoral or unfaithful.
One heavily-pregnant mother – Kathleen Patmore – was fatally stabbed by her soldier husband. Seemingly an open-and-shut case of murder, many instead felt that Kathleen deserved her fate and that her husband was the innocent party.