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Comment: William Hodge and Company, Limited; 1955; First Edition; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Hardcover; Very Good in Fair dust jacket; Some fading to spine and along top edge bds, sl wear to tail of spine bds, dw has sl bd colour along verso of top, browning to spine and some edges, tear at mid outer of panel, wear and small tears to parts, with 40mm and 30mm tear either side of a crease lower panel dw, protective plastic wrap to dw.; 238 Pages
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Trial Of Neville George Clevely Heath. Hardcover – 1955

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodge Notable British Trials (1955)
  • ASIN: B002AGCGYK
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By J. M. Harman on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The trial of Neville George Clevely Heath in 1946 for the murder of Margery Gardner, ranks as one of the most notable cases of the 20th century, proving once again the difficulty of sifting through the complex medical evidence, when insanity is introduced into the proceedings.
Heath had been a Borstal boy, and from thence had `graduated` to robbery, housebraking, forgery and wearing military decorations without authority. Naturally, the Prosecution made much of the fact that Heath showed no sign of mental instability: on the contary; here was a man who had his wits very much about him. This made the task of proving insanity all the more difficult for the Defence, especially when the psychotherapist, Dr. William Hubart, did not, as the editor Macdonald Critchley wrote: `Stand up to the weak points of his evidence` Any student of mental diseases should study this volume for reference alone.
The case hung on this question: was Heath bad or mad? The jury decided he was the former.

A valuable volume in the Notable British Trials series

John Harman.
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