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« on: October 17, 2018, 03:29:58 PM »
Today, after a week of frustrating failed negotiations, the Metropolitan Police were forced to respond to the unreasonable demands of picketers and protestors, with a show of overwhelming force.

With several ringleaders’ issuing contradictory demands, there was no way for the owner of the government contracted shipyard, Lord Weston, to negotiate a reasonable solution. Something he has gone on record as stating on several occasions, seemed to be the goal of the malcontents. Speaking to this publication, only two days he said, “they come, each of them, tugging their forelocks, pretending to show deference, a list of demands longer than a shopping list, but no two the same, and all equally unworkable.

“I tried to reason with them, God knows, but any offer I made was thrown at my feet in disgust.”

After several days of failed talks, he was forced into unpalatable action, calling upon the finest the City of London Police had to offer, hoping that the sight of mounted troops on towering horses would be enough to send the rabble scurrying back to their hovels.

It was not to be however, and as the mounted brigade made their way peacefully toward the picket line, gunshots were heard, and both riders and steeds were gunned down maliciously. With no other option, the mounted brigade set their spurs and made a heroic charge into the fray.

Once the violence had begun, there was no way to prevent further bloodshed, though many on the side of right, would have hoped otherwise. Horses reared up and stamped down, as more and more bullets and shot filled the air. Left with no other choice, the courageous officers pulled their own firearms, hoping to target the ringleaders, breaking the mob’s spirit before any more lives were lost.
As the cowards started to swarm to safety, leaving bloody cobblestones in their wake, they maintained their violent actions, with the sight of blood-stained steel flashing in the milieu. There was nothing else for the other constabulary to do, but march forward, and using nothing but their batons and their steel hard courage, drive the malcontents further back.

Although lives were lost on both sides, and this paper sends its condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, special praise must go to the members of the City of London Police force who will be listed below. Each of them had a family, and leaves behind loved ones and children.

Within a short hour of the first shot being fired, the shipyard was open for business once more. Lord Weston must surely have breathed a sigh of relief, as did the numerous city investors and high-ranking military officers who rely on the British Navy, as do we all!

Many inhabitants of the area were also thrilled that the so-called industrial action was complete, as they could safely return to work without fear of harassment, earning a wage to support their families, to keep bread on the table, and regain the sense of community that work gives to the less fortunate.

We can only hope that the regrettable violence will serve as a warning to those who would disrupt her August Majesty’s ability to defend the realm.

R.I.P.

Sergeant Dunstable Clarke, 43. Sergeant Martin Spector, 41. Constable Henry Roberts, 31. Constable Sally Featherington, 28. Constable Guy Matlock, 21. Constable Philip Martindale, 24. Constable Henry Miller, 25. Constable Mary Holmes, 22. Constable Fred Bosworth, 28. Constable Irving Peterson, 23. Constable Stephen Adams, 20.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 12:26:58 PM »
The London Journal

Monday, August 24th, 2105

Public Executions Debated in Parliament

The House of Commons returns to session today, with expectations of flared tempers. The Conservative Party, long held to be the law and order party, have attempted before to achieve legislation that would make public execution by hanging legal again.

The Liberals in Parliament are keen to avoid such a backwards step, citing public order concerns which second to their beliefs that it is simply immoral to make such final justice a public spectacle. Prime Minister Edward Avery Foster, Conservative, has made several impassioned speeches on the subject, but his own back benchers have been a sticking point.

They argue that a carnival atmosphere around execution, would certainly include the imbibing of alcoholic beverages, and thus risk public disorder. So many people would be expected to attend, including family members, the condemned person’s victims, and even his criminal compatriots, that tensions would be likened unto a powder keg.

Although the body would be quickly removed, to have its brain destroyed and burned, to avoid any increased chances of animate outbreaks, if an altercation was to occur at the event, any subsequent deaths would increase chance of outbreak, and being so enclosed, the threat would surely spread quickly.

With all of these safety concerns and moral issues, one must ask why any politician would want to go ahead with such a risky practice, but in today’s society, with crime running rampant, the chance for victims to see the perpetrator receive final justice, has seen this become a very popular idea among the general public, with local pressure groups lobbying their representatives.

The Tories, in an effort to make it seem more palatable, talk about job increases, with additional security being hired, plus to staff to help transport the condemned men and women. The closure it would offer to survivors of murderous rampages would also go some way to assure the populace that the Police force and the Government are functioning well enough to protect them, and see justice delivered.

Although the final vote has yet to be scheduled, we will have reporters in the gallery today, and will share the feel of the proceedings, as well as the facts of the debate, with our fine readership soon.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 03:58:40 PM »
The Times

Saturday, August 29th, 2105

Death and Destruction at the Smedlington's Manor House

Last night, when most folk were preparing for an evening in front of the fire, or already at one of the City's numerous and well appointed eateries, one or more shadowy individuals were abroad in one the more exclusive districts of London. Late evening last night, alarums were raised as smoke was seen pouring from the second floor of a well appointed manor house.

The staff remaining on hand were quick to rush to the defense of the other residents, with almost everyone escaping to safety. The oldest daughter of the house was rescued by a lady's maid, and although the son and parents were out of the house, the youngest daughter succumbed to the smoke and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Upon returning from a night of pleasure, Sir Reginald Smedlington and his wife Lady Katherine, were inconsolable. They heaped praise and promised due rewards for the staff that had rescued Angela, aged 14, but were in tears when presented with the body of their youngest, Hortencia, who was just seven years old when she passed away.

As well as promising a rich reward for any information that would lead to the capture of the arsonist, or arsonists, if more than one had worked together, they were pleased to say that there only son, Philip, aged 17, was still about on his apprenticeship, taking part in a "grand tour" of the myriad businesses that operate in London.

The Metropolitan Police were quick to the scene, and although the local Death Watch battalion stationed on the local walls had quickly brought the fire under control, severe damage was reported on both of the upper floors, and with risk of collapse, the family would be housed elsewhere until a full investigation and set of repairs could be carried out.

Initial findings seem to suggest two individual flash points for the blaze, with a home invasion being the supposed method of access. Detective Constable Briggs went on the record to say that while it was unusual for arsonists to work in pairs when setting fires for the thrill of it, if there were indeed two or more individuals involved in this crime, that there could be a different motive.

When questioned as to whether the murder of Hortencia could be a possible motive, Briggs was effusive in his mockery at such an idea, and refused to be drawn into continued conversations.

Sir Reginald, whose family own several properties in London, offered a reward of one hundred guineas for any information that led to an arrest and an execution.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 04:07:04 PM »
The Times, continued on page four

Multiple deaths at family home

Although the Metropolitan Police are not drawing any correlation to the death by smoke inhalation of Miss Hortencia Smedlington, two other deaths, only a couple of streets away, on the same night, has neighbors concerned for their safety.

Mister and Missus Hatch were found dead around midnight, as the police conducted their investigations by sending officers and constables to make enquiries with nearby residents. When they called upon the Hatch household, they report that only after sustained knocking was the door opened by Master Warren Hatch, the only child of the family, aged thirteen.

When asked about his parents, he lead the constable up to their room, inside of which was a horror show that the young lad may never recover from witnessing. Both of his parents had been brutally rent apart by many blades. Their faces, necks, and chests were covered in wounds, crisscrossing each other with ferocious abandon.

The Constable, himself a young man, was ill at the scene, and his superior officer spoke for him, describing a charnel house, with blood sprayed up against walls and even on the high ceiling and light fixtures, such was the violence of the attack.

At this time, they are looking for any witnesses, but with another investigation in place, hopes are dimming for any additional information.

Master Warren, though a minor, will look to inherit the family business; a glass blower and lens crafting warehouse that has been in the same family for several generations.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 02:07:25 PM »
The London Journal

Sunday, August 30th, 2105

Death of Smedlington Infant now Viewed as "Suspicious" by The Yard.

News reached us yesterday of a coroner's report that a house fire death previously believed to have been the result of smoke inhalation is now to be treated as murder by the investigating team.

Detective Sergeant Catherine Bolsover released the report in full of the only death to have occured when fire razed the first floor of the Smedlington's London property earlier in the week. Although the older daughter, Angela was rescued by a member of the house's staff while the parents were socialising, it was their youngest, Hortencia, who was thought to have succumbed to the smoke and flames.

However, last night reports laid doubt on this initial finding. The coroner was adamant in his claim, that had the young lady been alive and breathing when the fire ravaged the property, there would have been signs of smoke damage from the conflagration, and there was no trace of Phlogiston within her system at all.

Det. Bolsover made clear that this revelation would mean nothing else than that the child was dead, not merely sleeping, before the building was set alight. "Although the fire did a large amount of damage before it was brought under control, we originally concluded it was all in an effort to cover what we suspected as burglary. Now we know that poor Hortencia was not simply an accidental victim, but a target, we are reevaluating that hypothesis.

"The current thinking at the Met is that all of it, the robbery and the arson, was all done to cover for a sick and perverted mind that broke into the house of law abiding citizens and murdered an pure and innocent soul", she informed the press while giving a statement.

The Smedlington family have yet to make any further statement, their thoughts obviously weighed down with grief.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2019, 11:58:45 AM »
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Monday, August 31st, 2105

Has the Smedlington Slayer Struck Again?

With news coming in every second as London breathes in the soot and smog that is its reward for being the pinnacle of culture and technology, some stories will titillate, some will educate.

This morning, the news will shock, confound, and terrify you.

After a weekend of death and destruction around one of the City's most affluent boroughs, with infanticide and arson going unpunished, loving couples slain as they slept, we can now all but confirm that the vicious butcher suspected off these crimes and more, has once again been on the prowl.

A deliveryman working for Cummings' Finest was making his usual Monday morning delivery to the household of Lord and Lady Reginald Burton, when he was unable to rouse anyone to make their mark in his ledger.

Upon trying the front door, an action most out of character for a worker who knows their place, he discovered it not only unlocked, after spending five minutes knocking with increased frustration on the servant's entrance, but slightly ajar.

Suspecting foul play, this upstanding gent made his way inside, to find not a soul stirring on the ground floor, not a servant or child, or even a brave mouse searching for a scrap in the kitchen.

Vainly, he called for the master and mistress of the house, but when he received nought in response, he dared to climb the stairs, hand no doubt gripping the bannister with knuckles whitened in fear of what he might find.

Whatever he had imagined, did not compare to what he found!

Every member of the family, every member of the household, had been flayed to death with small but perfectly sharp blades.

Skin had been torn away to the bone, such was the ferocity of the attack!

Body parts that should never see the light of day were left visible through gaping wounds, and it has been reported by reputable people on the scene that even the Police coroner was unable to hold his breakfast.

With such a ferocious attack coming so quick on the heels of this modern day Jack's last excursion about our city, we wonder; why has he chosen the targets he has, and, most importantly, who could be next to face the reaping savagery of our newest ripper?
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2019, 11:44:32 AM »
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Monday, September 14th, 2105

More Deaths Linked to the Smedlington Ripper
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The Metropolitan Police today come under extra scrutiny and a demand for results, as the death toll rises again.

Since the murder of Hortencia Smedlington, in her sleep, scant weeks in the past, various other slayings have been attributed to the same depraved soul. Although witness reports are so thin on the ground, as to be non-existent, the Met have been unable to do more than offer a reward for information that matches that of the The grieving parents'.

Over the weekend, a boy's boarding school was the latest to receive a visit from London's latest Ripper, and while a dormitory of twenty adolescents slept soundly, three young men were murdered in their beds.

Detective Inspectre Roderick Callworth refused to name the young victims until all the families were informed, and all witness statements were gathered, but this publication has it on good authority that no staff members or pupils had anything to report.

It is only the brutal & bloody nature of the attacks, with each victim reportedly slashed repeatedly with multiple sharp blades that sets them apart as the work of the same deranged individual.

Recently however, there has been grumbling from the benches of both houses that it seems this Ripper is happier targeting the families of the upper classes, and that the Yard should be doing more to protect the great and good of the city that fill their coffers.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2019, 04:48:13 PM »
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2105

A new Slayer?

Today we have confirmed reports that the five missing individuals from the garment district have been found and identified.

The delay in this announcement however did not include the usual boilerplate about informing next of kin. Instead, this publication was told that it was a simple necessity born out of the state of damage done to the bodies, and the time it took to correctly identify them, paired with certain lower classed groups' unwillingness to speak to the Police, even on matters of their own safety.

After being reported missing two days after they were last seen, the only other reports that seemed to deal with these disappearances was that of a naked woman, covered in blood, screaming and snarling like a possessed beast, or someone under the influence of some dark alchemy.

The woman is still wanted in connection with these murders, but the far more simply brutal causes of death - blunt trauma and strangulation for the most part - the Smeddlington Slayer has not yet been implicated.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
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ILLUSTRATED POLICE NEWS
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Friday, September 18, 2105

Anarchists, Psychics, and Ghosts Plague London
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Although most esteemed journals operating out of an under siege print district will lament the bombings as an attack on a free press by renegade anarchist cells, there is far more to the story.

Following on from the reports of the attack, the Police News has spoken to several witnesses who were approached by S.I.E. operative and the constabulary in general and instructed to remain silent about the true nature of the events.

What was suspected to be a firebomb thrown into a small family run printing company, that claimed the lives of two innocent clerks, was just as likely to pyrokinetic attack from a rouge psychic!

The flames were so quick to take hold, and so hot, they were compared to the fires of hell itself, and what else could conjure such a conflagration but a mind warped terrorist?

Reports of a giant of a man with a disfigured face are still purely speculative at this point, but surely the Police must put out a call for his arrest!

After other attacks, these far more likely to be mundane bombs at the house of a peer and the most noble of publications, The Times, which claimed dozens of lives initially, and certainly more of the wounded will not see another sunset, far more nefarious activities were reported to have taken place.

Although eyewitness reports were mixed, and some downright unreliable, we are confident that an unknown known number of angry spirits rampaged up and down Blackfriars Road for several hours after the explosions, and that their attacks were timed by the same psychic anarchists to cause the maximum disruption.

Although no cell has claimed responsibility yet, or what their intent was, it is clear that all citizens lucky enough to live and thrive in our great Metropolis must come together in solidarity against these violent terrorists!
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 02:45:09 PM »
The Post
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A revolutionary missive.
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Ours is not the only publication to receive this manifesto, we are assured that all major Metropolitan journals have been sent a copy. Some will no doubt write this threat of as the ravings of unwashed malcontents with chips on their shoulders. Others will use this as a way to scare their readers into buying more copies of their publications.

We have no such intentions, preferring simply to print the truth, and allow a well educated populace to form their own conclusions.

The nature of your oppression is the aesthetic of our anger.

It is with great regret in my heart that we have come to pen this letter, it is with sorrow that our group claim responsibility for the bombings and chaos in the print district on the 17/09/05,  please understand the decision to do this was not one taken lightly.

We do not wish to take the live of working men and women. We only wish to take down the aristocracy that has cast their painful reins over London. They shackle us keeping us restrained as if we were animals. But we say no more.
The bombing on the print district was enacted as a response to the attack upon the peaceful strike against Lord Weston and the complicity of the press in covering for this monster.  Honest workers died in the streets beaten down by the armies of the state and they made heroes of the villains. The law has no claim to human respect. It has no civilising mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.

Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. When we ask for the abolition of the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions!

We will always regret innocent lives lost to our actions but we must speak the language of our oppressors, if all they know is violence then it shall be met in turn. We ask the people to rise up with us. Struggle so that all may live a rich, overflowing life. And in this be sure, that in our struggle you will find a joy greater than anything else can give. It is the joy of true freedom. Of living a life for yourself, no other! Working for the betterment of the whole than just the vampires that drain from our collective.

There are those among you who would call us hopeless but you would be wrong. The hopeless do not revolt, for revolution is an act of hope. Walk with us fellow brothers and sisters for we are you. We are the broke and destitute. We are the falsely accused and we are those with nothing left to lose. We are English, we are Prussian, we are Indian, we are people. But we are not hopeless. Rise with us, or be rose over.


These people walk among you.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2019, 03:06:34 PM »
THE TIMES
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An attack on the free press, is an attack on all!

Although we are greatly reduced, both literally and spiritually, having been targeted by anarchists posing as revolutionaries, we refuse to be cowed, to turn our back our mission to bring truth to the Metropolis and shine a light on the slithering things that cower in its shadows!

We will maintain our course, and although we are loath to give voice to the dregs of humanity that target innocent working men and women while claiming to fight for them, against some supposed and nameless oppressor, our duty is clear!

Printing without comment would usually be the correct form here, but I have made the decision to remove this from the front page, and instead share with you this hate filled missive as an editorial, allowing me the editor's freedom to comment and heap scorn on this barely coherent rambling.

The nature of your oppression is the aesthetic of our anger.

It is with great regret in my heart that we have come to pen this letter, it is with sorrow that our group claim responsibility for the bombings and chaos in the print district on the 17/09/05,  please understand the decision to do this was not one taken lightly.

We do not wish to take the live of working men and women. We only wish to take down the aristocracy that has cast their painful reins over London. They shackle us keeping us restrained as if we were animals. But we say no more.

The bombing on the print district was enacted as a response to the attack upon the peaceful strike against Lord Weston and the complicity of the press in covering for this monster.  Honest workers died in the streets beaten down by the armies of the state and they made heroes of the villains. The law has no claim to human respect. It has no civilising mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.

Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. When we ask for the abolition of the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions!

We will always regret innocent lives lost to our actions but we must speak the language of our oppressors, if all they know is violence then it shall be met in turn. We ask the people to rise up with us. Struggle so that all may live a rich, overflowing life. And in this be sure, that in our struggle you will find a joy greater than anything else can give. It is the joy of true freedom. Of living a life for yourself, no other! Working for the betterment of the whole than just the vampires that drain from our collective.

There are those among you who would call us hopeless but you would be wrong. The hopeless do not revolt, for revolution is an act of hope. Walk with us fellow brothers and sisters for we are you. We are the broke and destitute. We are the falsely accused and we are those with nothing left to lose. We are English, we are Prussian, we are Indian, we are people. But we are not hopeless. Rise with us, or be rose over.


Is there really any need of further comment? Can we not trust our readership to see through this venal scree of lies? Of course we trust you, one and all! We also know that the anger we feel is reflected back from the eyes of you all as you struggle to stomach what is in front of you.

Dozens dead, dozens more injured. Property damage running to many thousands of pounds, and a small family business left reeling. All this, and a claim that the "Chaos" was their doing too? The gutter presses have screeched out about ghosts and spirits attacking the constabulary as they worked to help the injured.

I am sorry dear reader if you have been drawn into this lie. There is no explanation for chaos needed, than that of beggars and street walkers seeing an opportunity to strike back at the authority that names them criminals, regardless of the good work they were doing. London needs no more ghosts than it already has, not when vagrants are more than enough of a threat to our good way of life.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2019, 03:15:07 PM »
The Morning Star
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Comrades in Arms?
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Brothers and sisters, it has been a trying time in our great city, but the rumblings of revolution have never been heard so clearly!

While Capitol continues to fortify itself away from the workers who strive to keep the wheels of industry turning, deaths in our midst are nothing new. The State cares not for the blood of the working man, unless in its spilling they can proselytize from on high about how they know best!

Any attempt to undo this social and financial order is met with truncheon and bullet, with caved skulls and spilt entrails. What would a few dozen more dead, crushed in the gears of capitalism mean to the man who works 12 hours a day for a pittance?

Well comrades, on this day, it means that another gathering of high idealed souls are rising up to strike against the upper classes, to reclaim Private Property, and return to us a fair slice of our toil!

Today we received the following, and have printed it without alteration, and hope that these revolutionaries read our words, and know that are brothers and sisters in arms, and that the sacrifice that was made, would be made willingly again, if the final result is a return of power to the people!

You are our comrades, you will always have a place in our hearts, and in our fight!

The nature of your oppression is the aesthetic of our anger.

It is with great regret in my heart that we have come to pen this letter, it is with sorrow that our group claim responsibility for the bombings and chaos in the print district on the 17/09/05,  please understand the decision to do this was not one taken lightly.

We do not wish to take the live of working men and women. We only wish to take down the aristocracy that has cast their painful reins over London. They shackle us keeping us restrained as if we were animals. But we say no more.

The bombing on the print district was enacted as a response to the attack upon the peaceful strike against Lord Weston and the complicity of the press in covering for this monster.  Honest workers died in the streets beaten down by the armies of the state and they made heroes of the villains. The law has no claim to human respect. It has no civilising mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.

Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. When we ask for the abolition of the State and its organs we are always told that we dream of a society composed of men better than they are in reality. But no; a thousand times, no. All we ask is that men should not be made worse than they are, by such institutions!

We will always regret innocent lives lost to our actions but we must speak the language of our oppressors, if all they know is violence then it shall be met in turn. We ask the people to rise up with us. Struggle so that all may live a rich, overflowing life. And in this be sure, that in our struggle you will find a joy greater than anything else can give. It is the joy of true freedom. Of living a life for yourself, no other! Working for the betterment of the whole than just the vampires that drain from our collective.

There are those among you who would call us hopeless but you would be wrong. The hopeless do not revolt, for revolution is an act of hope. Walk with us fellow brothers and sisters for we are you. We are the broke and destitute. We are the falsely accused and we are those with nothing left to lose. We are English, we are Prussian, we are Indian, we are people. But we are not hopeless. Rise with us, or be rose over.
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2019, 11:50:50 AM »
The Telegraph
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A return to public hanging

After a marathon session spanning hours across both houses of Parliament, a decision has been reached by a slim majority to revive the practice of public execution by the means of hanging the condemned by the neck, until they die.

After many past instances of this practice were marred by violence and protest, often leaving many additional spectators dead, and on more than occasion leading to an Animate outbreak that required the Deathwatch to intervene, this form of punishment was moved behind closed doors.

Although the full parliamentary roll has yet to be released, some members of the lower house gave comment through anonymity that strongly suggest that an up-swelling of support from victims of recent multiple murderers and anarchist attacks.

It may be that was the case, as the Speaker of the House announced the vote with very little warning, potentially to reduce the amount of influence the party Whips would be able to lay on their respective members. Even so, the Conservatives voted en masse in favour of the new legislation, and some Liberals jumped ship, no doubt to appease their constituents, who will have to answer to their party leader at some point.

The House of Lords also concurred, almost unanimously, with Tory peer Lord Hastings whipping support from across the divide, as well as within his own party, making sure there would no chance of the Lords overturning the legislation.

The next question we are hearing through our correspondents from the people on the street, is when we should expect the first public hanging, and whom shall dance their last at the end of a rope?
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Re: All the news, that's fit to print...
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I feel like this is foreshadowing for the end of the game...

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The Illustrated Police News

Head-Smasher at Large!

With reports still coming in, there is surely more blood to spread on the streets of the Metropolis before the day is done!

It started with a group of orderlies removing a problem patient from a convalescent house, and ended with mass murder.

With several dead at the scene before the violence spread, initial conclusions seem to confirm hysterical eye witness reports, that a new victim of an even more potent form of Hyde is in circulation.

These eyewitnesses who were of firm enough guts to step forward and share the harrowing details withe the journal of note, all agree that a woman of normal form but vicious temper was to blame for the dozen deaths.

Each victim was picked up in turn, lifted a foot or so from the cobbles, and had their faces smashed into each other, by the woman in question, seemingly in possession of the strength required of the task, and then dropped once their visages were ruined to her satisfaction.

None were suitably maimed after the first impact, and it was this tenacity in the name of her cause, that allowed so many to escape.

Only the fatally curious or infirm were captured by the Head-Smasher as she rampaged for minutes before the constabulary were called, only to find her vanished.

If she was indeed infected with Hyde, or something similar, she could simply have returned to the crowd, perhaps dismissing the blood on her clothes as an attempt to help the injured that failed.

Maybe, if you were there, she spoke to you, sought to comfort you even?
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