In the Media

Baying mob put Dickens off public executions

PUBLISHED December 6, 2004

Like all good reporters, Charles Dickens was determined to see the executions of Maria and Frederick Manning in what Victorians called [base "]the hanging of the century[per thou].

In November 1849, Dickens, a journalist as well as an author, took lodgings overlooking the execution scene. He was so appalled by the [base "]wickedness and levity[per thou] of the crowd that he wrote to The Times calling for an end to public executions.