Robert Walsh

Freelance writer from Cornwall

Devil’s Island – Colony of the condemned.


‘The policy of the Administration is to kill, not to better or reclaim.’ – Rene Belbenoit. It is 1852. In France, Emperor Napoleon III, increasingly worried by rising crime and … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wild West – The ‘Gunslinger’ Myth


The Wild West, home of many colourful (often disreputable) characters. Native Americans, gold prospectors, gamblers, cattle ranchers, miners and immigrants scrambled to extend the new frontier. They spread further West … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Balloon Busters


The First World War was unusual in many ways. One was that, for the first time in military history, the air became a battlefield. No longer were combatants confined to … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Death on Wheels – Mississippi’s Travelling Executioner.


Execution has long been part of criminal history. Its more hawkish supporters consider it society’s ultimate sanction for the very worst offenders. Less enthusiastic supporters regard it as a necessary … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Iain Duncan Smith’s historic links to the far-right


Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s Iain Duncan Smith!) No one should be surprised by the extremities of Duncan Smith’s attacks on the welfare state. After all,…

August 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Josef Jakobs – the Last Execution At The Tower Of London.


Originally posted on Robert Walsh:
Josef Jakobs, the last person executed at the Tower of London. The Tower of London, nowadys a popular tourist destination. Once also a prison, defensive…

August 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Disability and Society


The more ancient the abuse, the more sacred it is. – Voltaire In his classic dystopia 1984, George Orwell referred to a group known as ‘Unpeople’, people who ‘Don’t exist, and … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment