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The Trial of Walter Rowland. With an Introduction and edited by Henry Cecil Hardcover – 1975

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: David and Charles (1975)
  • ASIN: B0013A6EKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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This book was one of the (all-too-few) volumes in the `Celebrated Trials' series that were published by David & Charles during the 1970's.

Here, Henry Cecil casts his scrupulous eye over the case of Walter Rowland who was hanged for the murder of Olive Balchin in 1947.

The author introduces the book by offering his own observations of Rowland's guilt and the curious matter of David John Ware's 'confession' to having been the 'real' murderer.

Cecil is characteristically incisive in endorsing Rowland's culpability and he is equally dismissive of Ware's confession. (Ware did actually retract his statement later, of course, and his written retraction is included here).

The real 'legal highlight' within this book is the refusal of the Appeal Court to hear Ware during its deliberations on the fate of the accused.

The book includes the key exchanges between Councel, the accused and witnesses; and it makes for terrific reading.

A nice addition to anyone's home library on true-crime

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