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Most of my murders [Unknown Binding]

John Parris
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  • Unknown Binding: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Muller (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CKP2W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,363,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars most of my murders. 2 Aug 2011
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As a writer on capital punishment, and our judicial system at the time, I found this book, "most of my murders", very interesting, especially the Bentley case. (Derek Bentley was hanged in 1953) it was this case where the Establishment wasn't interested in justice, they wanted revenge. A policeman had been shot. Christopher Craig was too young to hang. In my view, had it been a night watchman who had been shot, both would probably have been given 10 years. it wasn't until 1998 that the truth came out. It was proved that the trial judge held back vital evidence from the defence, and the police had lied. In short, Bentley was murdered by the State! Then of course there were others. Timothy Evans for example. john Parris the author puts everything into perspective, and as Albert Pierrepoint wrote in his autobiography. "Hanging proved nothing and it wasn't a deterrent". this is a book that reveals our shocking judicial system at that time, and we still have the evidence that the police still lie and cover up the truth.
Kevin. M.Whitehead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any crime readers. 11 Oct 2012
By Issi
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This book is a factual account of some of the murder cases defended by the brilliant lawyer John Parris. It is morbidly fascinating to read because at the time of these cases the death penalty was in force and very often used. He was the defending counsel in the Craig and Bentley case where Derek Bentley was hanged for a murder he did not commit and in which everyone involved in the prosecution knew he did not commit. As one of Dr Parris's students in the late 1960's I remember only too well how much that particular case, along with many others, troubled him. Dr Parris was a compassionate man who had very little faith in some judges and even suggested that most of them should be regularly psychologically tested! His wit and wisdom come through on every page, and some of the most difficult cases are factually described with one or two grisly details and a background description of the murderers, enabling you to see how they got there. He was at odds with the law and all its anomalies and never ceases to "put the boot in" where he sees an injustice. This is a really interesting book for any lover of crime fiction who would like to read "crime fact".
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