Sunday, 21 June 2009

RUTH ELLIS

RhylPictured above (TOP) is a block of flats in West Parade owned by Haigh Properties. To the east of it is the turning for River Street, and to the west is the turning for Butterton Road. The block includes No.74 where Ruth Ellis (née Neilson) was born in 1926.

Her connection with Rhyl does not extend far beyond that. Her father was a musician and moved around to wherever work was likely to be found. In the early 1940s the family lived in London where she tried various jobs and ended up as a night club hostess.

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged for murder in the UK.

The how and why she shot and killed her lover David Blakely, and was executed in 1955 at the age of 28, can be traced in various publications and in the film 'Dance with a Stranger' starring Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett directed by Mike Newell (1985).

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