The five court cases in this volume cover the crimes of treason and murder by means of poison, throat-cutting and strangling. At the time, they were each the focus of acute public interest. Harold Greenwood's wife dies showing some of the symptons of poisoning, but his main crime seemed to be his remarriage within four months. Robert Wood, accused of the murder of a prostitute, was also defended by Marshall Hall, who used all his considerable skills in both cases. There was no such ambiguity of evidence at the trial of D. Pritchard, who was the last man to be publicly hanged in Glasgow. Of the two men accused in the bizarre "Chalk Pit murder", one became Broadmoor's richest inmate. Finally, the treason trial of William Joyce - wartime's Lord Haw-Haw - set a precedent in legal history.
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John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited." He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.
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