The Assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval

Only one British Prime Minister has ever been assassinated. Spencer Perceval was shot in the Palace of Westminster in 1812 after serving just three years in office. During that time he presided over an unstable government, a financial crisis and a series of setbacks in the Napoleonic wars. But it…

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Domestic Murders 2012 to 2018

Domestic homicides – that is murders and manslaughters where the killer and the victim are either partners or family members – tend to account for 20 per cent of the total every year.

However there is a lot of variation over time which does not necessarily follow the general trend. For example, in 2017 there was a peak in homicides at the same time as a lowpoint in the number of domestic homicides (6.6 per cent of the total).

The graph also makes clear that the number of murder and manslaughter cases does not wildly diverge each year. It should also be noted that domestic homicides tend to be murders (there were only two domestic manslaughter cases over this seven year period).

These statistics all come from a readily-available disclosure by the Metropolitan Police in March 2019 (linked here, though they are often deleted after an unspecified period of time).

Domestic Homicide

YearMurderMansl'terDomesticTotal H% Dom
20129881910617.9
201398113111029.2
2014839189219.6
201511272911924.4
201610371711015.5
2017132491366.6
201810772813420.9
Total7535315180718.7

Though this disclosure does not distinguish between homicides committed by partners and other family members, in our experience most domestic cases involve intimate partners or ex-partners.

The Ratcliffe Highway Murders: 1811

The Ratcliffe Highway Murders were the most notorious of the early 19th Century. In the space of 12 days two families were slaughtered in their homes in such a terrible manner that for weeks afterwards “terror was on every face” as people barricaded their doors, bought guns and rattles and…

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The Acid Bath Murderer: John George Haigh

John George Haigh Between 1944 and 1949, John George Haigh killed at least six people after becoming convinced he could carry out the perfect crime. Believing that without a body it would be impossible to be convicted of murder, he dissolved his victims in sulphuric acid. The resulting sludge could…

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The Nude Murders: ‘Jack the Stripper’

Between 1964 and 1965 six women were found dead in and around the River Thames. All of them had been strangled and all were naked, leading to their description as the ‘Nude Murders’. The first victim was 30 year-old Hannah Tailford, discovered in the river under a pier at Upper…

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