The End of an Era Goodbye Madame Holloway.
And so Madame Holloway is to close, not the beautiful and draconian Holloway prison that was opened in 1852 and became a female-only prison in 1903 through whose “grand turreted” gateway so many infamous prisoners passed and which was tragically lost during the redevelopment on the original sight between 1971 and 1985.
But the modern carbuncle which is the pretender / imposter that she is.
The real Madame Holloway housed Infamous prisoners such as aristocrat and Hitler admirer and supporter Diana Mosley who during World War Two, was imprisoned in Holloway after being deemed “A danger to the King’s Realm”
“Crime of Passion”
Later in 1955 the tragic Ruth Ellis was also detained at Holloway Prison after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Bleakley .
David Bleakley was said to be a alcoholic and a woman beater.
After receiving a blow to the stomach Ruth Ellis is said to have miscarraged his child.
Ruth Ellis was drawn into the world of London nightclubs and became a nightclub hostess through nude modeling work, and finally turned to prostitution.
In 1951, while four months pregnant, Ruth appeared, un-credited, as a beauty queen in the Rank film Lady Godiva Rides Again starring Diana Dors.
Please Read our previous Blog and find out more about Diana Dors.
Ruth Ellis and Diana Dors became friends during the film and were often seen out in London together.
On Easter Sunday 1955, Ellis shot David Blakely dead outside the Magdala public house in Hampstead, and immediately gave herself up to the police.
On 20 June 1955, Ellis appeared in the Number One Court at the Old Bailey, London, before Mr. Justice Havers.
Ruth Ellis was dressed in a black suit and white silk blouse with freshly bleached and coiffured blonde hair.
Her lawyers expressed concern about her appearance (and dyed blonde hair), but she did not alter it to appear less striking.
At her trial, she took full responsibility for the murder; and her courtesy and composure, both in court and in the cells, was noted in the press.
On Wednesday 13 July thirty seconds before 9 am, the official hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, and his assistant, Royston Rickard, entered the condemned cell and escorted Ruth Ellis the 15 feet (4.6 m) to the execution room next door.
Ruth Ellis had been weighed at 103 pounds (47 kg) the previous day and a drop of 8 ft. 4in (2.54 meters) was set. Pierrepoint carried out the execution in just 12 seconds and her body was left hanging for an hour. Her autopsy report, by the pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson, was made public.
Ruth Ellis was hanged at HM Prison Holloway she last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom.
Public opinion at the time of Ruth Ellis’s hanging was that she should have been reprieved as her crime was considered by many a “Crime of Passion”
Thousands of people signed a petition asking for the death penalty to be lifted in the case of Ruth Ellis, including 35 members of London County Council who delivered their plea to the House of Commons
“The personification of evil”
The next infamous woman to be imprisoned at Holloway was Myra Hindley who along with her lover Ian Brady was sentenced two concurrent life sentences
On 6 May 1966, at Chester Assizes soon after 5 p.m. Myra Hindley mounted the 18 steps into the glass-screened dock for the last time.