'I know that I am going to die, and I'm ready to do so. You won't hear anything from me that says I didn't kill David. I did kill him. And whatever the circumstances you as a lawyer will appreciate that it's a life for a life. Isn't that just?' - Ruth Ellis, one day prior to her execution During the Easter weekend of 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot her lover, racing car enthusiast David Blakely. Three months later, following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. Her execution was carried out in Holloway by Albert Pierrepoint and has become the most notorious of his 'duties.