She was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely.
Ruth Ellis was hanged on the morning of 13 July 1955 at Holloway prison, north London. She was twenty-eight years old. She impressed everyone with her control and courage; the prospect of being executed for a crime she never denied was marginally less unpleasant to her than that of growing old in prison, as unprivileged and deprived of hope and opportunity as she had been as a child. She was buried first in Holloway prison, and later reburied in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
(Source Jane Dunn)