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Famous Trials 5 : Thomas Neil Cream, Neville Heath, John Watson Laurie. George Henry Lamson, Rattenbury and Stoner

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Edited by: James H. Hodge

ISBN13: 9780140010947
ISBN: 0140010947
Previous Edition ISBN: 004435
Published: May 1994
Publisher: Penguin Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print



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

This is a 1994 reprint of the original 1955 edition.

Volume 5
The five murders described here are all very different and were committed years apart, but they are linked by the difficult question of the degree of mental responsibility of the accused.

Dr Thomas Cream, whose criminal career began with arson and continued with illegal abortion, had already served one sentence for murder before he was accused of poisoning prostitutes. His own lunatic behaviour betrayed him.

Neville Heath seemed a charming man but he mutilated and murdered two women. Circumstantial evidence pointed to John Laurie as the killer of a casual acquaintance but he was reprieved because of being of unsound mind.

Dr Lamson poisoned his disabled brother-in-law; he did not escape hanging on the grounds of insanity. And Mrs Rattenbury's unlikely passion for her young chauffeur led to tragedy and death even beyond the jurisdiction of the courts.

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Subjects:
Legal History, Trials

Series: Famous Trials

Famous Trials 9: Roger Casement ISBN 9780140021240
Published September 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
Famous Trials 7: Oscar Wilde ISBN 9780140018578
Published July 1994
Penguin Books
Out of print
£6.00
(Second Hand)
Out of print
Out of print
Famous Trials 2 : Armstrong, Field & Gray, GJ Smith, Ronald True
Edited by: Harry Hodge
ISBN 9780140006346
Published February 1994
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
£6.00
(Second Hand)
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
£12.00
(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)