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Fruit and vegetable wholesaler Nat Fraser found himself in an extraordinary situation. Back in 2003 he had become only the third person in Scotland to be convicted of murder in the absence of a body. The victim was his wife Arlene who disappeared from her home in Elgin, Moray, in April 1998 after waving her children off to school.
Then in May 2008 Fraser’s appeal against his conviction was dismissed, but at the Supreme Court two years later he successfully challenged the appeal judges’ ruling. But although his conviction was quashed he was sent back to prison to await a retrial. That turned up on April 23rd, 2012, when Fraser stepped into the dock at Edinburgh High Court to face trial for murder a second time. Still with us? Follow our in-depth report on this amazing British case where all will be revealed.
On the Sunday night before the execution the British hangman arrived in Ireland from Huddersfield. He was met by armed detectives from Dublin’s Metropolitan Police and taken to Clonmel, where for his own safety he was lodged in the prison. For the following day he was to hang the son of a Prussian customs officer. The Body On The Cricket Pitch is part nine in the series Last Executions In Ireland.
The last public execution in France took place at Versailles in 1939 and after the Second World War the guillotine was used only sparingly. By the late 1970s France’s practice of capital punishment was out of step with the rest of Western Europe and the guillotine regarded as barbaric. But in 1977 it was wheeled out one last time for a young, one-legged Tunisian...
* Wife-killer guilty...again
* Under The Spotlight: The prostitute and the mad airman
* Father changed sex – and murdered mom
* Mother and baby victims of Wiltshire’s axe-killer
* Last Executions In Ireland Part 9: The body on the cricket pitch
* Shopkeeper kills robber
* Grisly Tales Of The Guillotine Part 12: The last man to die on the guillotine
* Crime Observer
* “Dead men who go on living”
* The Russian who built a guillotine to commit suicide
* Execution USA
* Questions & Answers 2: “There’s six more I have to kill”
* Readers’ Jury
* America’s Most Evil: “If you want to kill – make a plan”
* Your Letters, Make A Break: Crossword/ TD’s Crime Photos/ Prize competition...