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Famous Trials 10: Final Selection: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr Crippen, Buck Ruxton

Edited by: James H. Hodge

ISBN13: 004439
ISBN: 004439
Published: June 1964
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



The Penguin Famous Trials series was started by Harry Hodge, who was Managing, Director of William Hodge & Co., Ltd, Publishers and Shorthand Writers. The son and grandson of a printer, he followed his father as one of the most expert of shorthand writers in Scotland, and for some fifty years was a well-known figure in the Scottish Courts both in that capacity and as a publisher of legal works.

In 1905 he founded The Notable British Trials Series which now extends to 70 volumes, commencing with that cause celebre, the Trial of Madeleine Smith. He was steeped in criminology all his life and held the view that a trial should be at least twenty years old before it can proveitself to have been notable, although this view had to be modified under modern conditions.

As general editor of that series he carefully selected his editors and insisted on the greatest possible accuracy in the presentation of each volume. Outside of his business life Mr Hodge's main interest was devoted to music, and he has a number of compositions to his name. He died in November 1947.

Since his death both The Notable Trial Series and the Penguin Famous Trials have been edited by his son, James Hozier Hodge. Moreover, in 1948, after long negotiations, James Hodge produced the first volumes in the War Crimes Trials Series, of which he is the assistant general editor to Sir David Maxwell Fyfe,P.C., Q.C., M.P

Volume 10
An account of four classic trials: Madeleine Smith (1857) - aquitted of poisoning her lover with arsenic, though much of the evidence suggests that she literally got away with murder. Oscar Slater (1909, 1928) - a man tried twice for the same crime: found guilty of murder and condemned to jail in the first trial in 1909 and found not guilty and released in the second trial in 1928.

Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen (1910) - the notorious London doctor who poisoned his wife and took boat for America with his mistress, before being captured. Buck Ruxton (1936) - a man of cunning determination who dismembered his two victims after killing them.

Subjects:
Legal History, Trials

Series: Famous Trials

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Published September 1994
Penguin Books
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Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 9780140018578
Published July 1994
Penguin Books
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£6.00
(Second Hand)
£8.00
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Famous Trials 2 : Armstrong, Field & Gray, GJ Smith, Ronald True
Edited by: Harry Hodge
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Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140003383
Published January 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780880290807
Published November 1986
Dorset Press
Out of print
Famous Trials: Selected by John Mortimer Creator of Rumpole ISBN 9780140069242
Published July 1984
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 004437
Published April 1964
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 004374
Published September 1962
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Out of print
Famous Trials 1: Madeleine Smith, Oscar Slater, Dr.Crippen, Dr.Palmer
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 004433
Published November 1941
Penguin Books
£6.00
(Second Hand)