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At the time the scene at Durham Assizes early in 1948 seemed like the end of a story, not the beginning. In the dock seaman John Slater listened impassively as the judge sentenced him to death for murder. What nobody in the courtroom could foresee, however, was that the case would have an extraordinary sequel 41 years later.
Six Frenchmen alighted from the first train from London on the morning of Tuesday, October 19th, 1852. But these were no ordinary visitors. They had come for neither business nor pleasure, and they were about to make history.The Last Fatal Duel In England – and its consequences.
“I was sent to France to kill and I killed,” one applicant wrote when applying for the post of executioner. “I am hardened in this killing business. This job won’t faze me.” Turn to page 20 for Who’s Afraid Of The Electric Chair? it’s part 3 of Drama In The Death House.
HORROR THEFT OF AN UNBORN CHILD
Kathy and Jamie met up to go shopping for baby clothes as both were due to give birth very soon...
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: “WHY I WOULD HAVE HANGED JOHN SLATER”
One thing is not in dispute. Had Slater been hanged for murder in 1948, Leeman could not have committed murder in 1988...
EVIL SECRETS IN HER HUSBAND’S COMPUTER
A row broke out when a Scottish wife found out what was on her American husband’s hard disk
VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
More of your views
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent, including “He Fed Escaped Prisoner To The Pigs”
PART 3 OF THE SERIES DRAMA IN THE DEATH HOUSE: WHO’S AFRAID OF THE ELECTRIC CHAIR?
Going to the electric chair with or without histrionics
THE FIRST WOMAN TO DIE BY HANGING IN THE AMERICAN WEST
“I don’t know where I’m headin’, but here I come”
THE LAST FATAL DUEL IN ENGLAND
Strange visitors on an October morning in Windsor
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline material from MD’s crime archives
MD FORUM: SERIAL KILLER OF THE BRONX
Was he a practitioner of Santeria who murdered for the benefit of his own soul?
MYSTERY OF THE BURNING SHOP
The latest in the series Curious Stories Of Murder