I’m familiar with the arguments about the possibility of killing an innocent person, but here’s the thing; it’s not the death penalty that kills them, but the bad system which sentences them to death in the first place. We can’t claim that a system that allows innocent people to be tried is any better than a system that allows innocent people to be killed.
Investigating the murder of David Pickering was anything but straightforward. Over the following decade there were complaints about Police behaviour, suppressed reports, strange decisions by the Home Secretary, and a witness who admitted lying on tape – and then later admitted lying about lying.
Framed by the police for a serial killer’s crimes, Timothy Evans was one of the last men in Britain to be hanged. Although authorities now accept that he did not carry out those crimes, they still refuse to quash his conviction.
In 1978, Thomas Bowman’s wife Mary was found dead. She’d been drinking the night before and there was enough alcohol and valium in her system to kill her. Two and a half decades later, during counselling, their daughter ‘uncovered’ memories of that night and said that her father killed her mother. Diane also said she recalled being abused by her father.
A 22 month old boy left to die in a hot car whilst temperatures soared past 100 degrees – for over seven hours. An awful accident and every parent’s waking nightmare – or evil, premeditated murder?
in 1970, Carole Hanson was taken to prison where she would die in obscurity, having served a longer sentence than any woman in UK penal history save Myra Hindley. Her husband confessed to the crime Carole was charged with, but her lawyer decided not to share that with the jury.