Master Detective August 2014

Master Detective August 2014

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Some of our most knowledgeable crime buffs may be surprised to learn that the last execution for rape…

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Some of our most knowledgeable crime buffs may be surprised to learn that the last execution for rape in England was in 1945. How could that be, since rape ceased to be a capital offence in this country in 1841?

The answer is that six men, put to death in England for rape during the Second World War, were American servicemen, and they were executed under the terms of the Visiting Forces Act of 1942. In fact, by the end of the war 18 American servicemen had been executed at the US military prison establishment at Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

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