Cannibalism and Common Law: A Victorian Yachting Tragedy
Bloomsbury Academic, 1994 - 353 páginas
Cannibalism and the Common Law is an enthralling classic of legal history. It tells the tragic story of the yacht Mignonette, which foundered on its way from England to Australia in 1884. The killing and eating of one of the crew, Richard Parker, led to the leading case in the defence of necessity, R. v. Dudley and Stephens. It resulted in their being convicted and sentenced to death, a sentence subsequently commuted. In this tour de force Brian Simpson sets the legal proceedings in their broadest historical context, providing a detailed account of the events and characters involved and of life at sea in the time of sail. Cannibalism and the Common Law is a demonstration that legal history can be written in human terms and can be compulsive reading. This brilliant and fascinating book, a marvelous example of eareful historical detection, and first-class legal history, written by a master.
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The unfortunate slave attempted to escape but was dragged on deck and shot by
a sailor by the name of Doud . ... sailor , James Campbell , ate the liver raw ,
elaborate culinary activities commenced , including an attempt to pickle the body
It must have been obvious enough that there had been cannibalism ; the
survivors clearly made no attempt to deny the killing , though Sangström claimed
that an attempt had been made to persuade Francis Shufus to kill himself . The
story told ...
This again failed , as did another attempt in 1899 . In all , Packer ' s case reached
the Supreme Court of Colorado on five occasions , always without success .
Numerous efforts were also made to secure him a pardon , and the controversy
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A look at all the different ways the legal system can interpret cannibalism for survival. Simpson profiles cases of frontier cannibalism, touching briefly on the Donner Party, then more extensively on ... Ler resenha completa
Sergeant Laverty Makes an Arrest
The Mignonette Goes Foreign
The Horrid Deed
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