The sad demise of z.D.H.38 Ernest Collins: suicide, informers and the debate on the abolition of flogging

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    Abstract

    In 1934, a convict was found hanged in his cell. His final words reveal the fearful state of his mind on learning his appeal against a sentence of flogging had been rejected. Historical records about his prison life offer insights into suicide and prison informers, subjects which have received little attention from historians. His activities as an informer increased the weight of imprisonment for him in the period prior to his death. He is a statistic in the Prison Commissioners’ annual report, but his death became a crucial component of rejuvenated campaigns for an enquiry into the use of corporal punishment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-114
    Number of pages16
    JournalCultural & Social History
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    Early online date1 Feb 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Feb 2018

    Keywords

    • Prison
    • suicide
    • informer
    • flogging
    • emotion label
    • Flogging
    • Informer
    • Suicide
    • Emotion label

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