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His Honour J.D. Casswell, Q.C., has a unique record as an advocate: he has defended about fourty men and women in this country charged with murder, yet only five were hanged. The rest were acquitted or their offences were reduced to a lesser charge.
In these pages Casswell tells the behind the scenes story of some of the most celebrated murder trials of recent times.Among his clients were George Stoner, the 18 year old chauffer charged with the Bournemouth Villa Madeira Murder; Reginald Woolmington the West Country farm labourer, who was the only man ever to be cleared of a murder charge by the House of Lords; sex-maniac Neville Heath; Mrs Cornock, the Bristol housewife accused of murdering her husband in the bath.
Now that he has finally retired, Casswell for the first time gives his own account of these and other fascinating cases. But his book is not merely an eminent lawyer's professional reminiscences. It is a full autobiography telling how the son of a Wimbledon businessman, with no relatives in the law, or other family advantages, rose to the heights of success in the most gruelling of professions.