In states like Malaysia drug-trafficking is regarded as deadly serious, and can lead to the gallows. That’s what happened to two Australians, who were hanged in Malaysia’s Pudu Prison on Monday, July 7th, 1986, after being caught at Bayan Lepas international airport in November, 1983, with 141.9 grams of heroin in a suitcase.

The two men were the first westerners to be hanged under Malaysia’s tough new laws for drug offences.

Barlow, 29, and Chambers, 28, met for the first time only weeks before their arrest. Each accused the other of ownership of the heroin found in Chambers’ suitcase, which Barlow was carrying when they were apprehended.