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Escapes from the Noose
     

Escapes from the Noose

by Stephen Wade
 
From the Anglo-Saxons to the 1960s our society imposed the death penalty for serious crime. But by the side of retribution there was always clemency. What could save a felon from the noose?

From earliest times, the condemned could look to the sovereign for a royal pardon. Then, in 1782, came the establishment of the Home Office and the Home Secretary could play a

Overview

From the Anglo-Saxons to the 1960s our society imposed the death penalty for serious crime. But by the side of retribution there was always clemency. What could save a felon from the noose?

From earliest times, the condemned could look to the sovereign for a royal pardon. Then, in 1782, came the establishment of the Home Office and the Home Secretary could play a part in reprieving those awaiting death in the condemned cell. At meetings in London, lists of the condemned were discussed and verdicts condoned or quashed. Life hung in the balance.

In Escapes from the Noose, Stephen Wade tells the story of the pardons, the reprieves, the performances of some brilliant barristers to save clients, and the thorny problem of insanity and diminished responsibility. The book gives an account of these legal subjects, and explains the drama and sensation of the court of criminal appeal, which, from 1907, gave a last chance for the condemned in a hearing before the top judges of the land.

Here you will find the stories of attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, Dr Whitmarsh the abortionist, early forensics dramas, the murderous widow of Windy Nook, the story of Mrs Maybrick who may have been married to Jack the Ripper and many more.

The stories cover the bizarre and the tragic, from the reprieve of the legless man to the murder of Jeannie Donald, for which the trial ended in the Scottish verdict of ‘not proven.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848682320
Publisher:
Amberley Publishing
Publication date:
12/14/2010
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and educated at the universities of Wales and Leeds. He taught in further and higher education for many years, and this was followed by six years as a writer working in prisons. Her is a writer and historian having written over fifty books, mainly in non-fiction, and he also lectures part-time at the University of Hull.

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