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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... he had come to the conclusion that in point of law probably Brooks would have
to be acquitted , and therefore he proposed to offer no evidence against him , and
to ask the Bench to discharge him that he might be called to give evidence .
Denver Republican recorded in July 1886 how “ thousands of tourists who have
visited this city in the meantime have called to see this criminal , more than whom
there is probably none more noted in the jails of America . ” Ludicrous accounts ...
He was told to stand up and must have known what was about to happen , as he
asked Mr . Edgar to beg the sailors to preserve his life ; he also called to Isabella
Edgar and to Julia McCadden . She also realized what was happening , for ...
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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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