When she went to prison Debra Brown’s three children were young
Master Detective May 2012
When she went to prison Debra Brown’s three children were young. Now they have children of their own, and she has to get to know her family all over again – and learn to accept the time she lost. See the story and discover how an innocent woman finally escaped a living hell…
As reported in March and April, high-profile, controversial murder cases in the early 1950s led to the Homicide Act (1957). But anomalies and inconsistencies – as in two cases – highlighted its shortcomings, and in the end the Act, designed to prop up capital punishment by making it more acceptable, served only to hasten its abolition.
Nobody who knew Martin Doyle would ever have thought that he would make history. Yet he did, although not in a way he would have chosen.
GRANDMA INNOCENT OF BOSS’S MURDER
Debra was a walking miracle, a woman transformed by the nightmare, rather than destroyed by it…
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
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