“I believe the fear of the rope, as it is generally called among certain classes, is a very great deterrent.” –Rayner Goddard, Baron Goddard

“One thing that can be said of justice in English history is that it was meted out swiftly. Upon conviction and sentence of death, the prisoner was hanged within three weeks unless reprieved by the courts or the Home Secretary. This was seen as well and good in English society if the guilt of the condemned prisoner had been established beyond any doubt, but one disturbing case of serial murders in which eight women and a baby girl were the victims, a man whose wife and baby daughter were among the victims was wrongfully convicted and executed before the real killer was caught. The murders took place in London, in Notting Hill at 10 Rillington Place from 1943-1953.”