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Daily willing lad, 14-18 for housework. Scout-trained preferred -- these few simple words, inserted in an advertisement in The Bournemouth Daily Echo, were fated to bring together two persons into whose lives tragedy entered, culminating in their joint appearance in the dock at the Old Bailey.
Seldom can dramatists have conjured up more tense situations than that of Mrs. Rattenbury in the witness-box, whose naive evidence outweighed the scale of suspicion against her participation in the murder of her husband. The unusual defence of cocaine addiction was advanced on behalf of the youthful Stoner, but without avail.
The magnificent speech for the defence by Mr. T. J. O'Connor, K.C., Mr. Casswell's devoted but fated attempt, and the masterly arrangement of facts by Mr. Justice Humphreys bring an apt conclusion to one of the most poignant cases of modern times -- a case which culminates in the tragic suicide of one of the accused.