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1908: Advice from the Condemned Cell | John Wake

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When the Death Penalty was mandatory by law, if a defendant’s legal team could prove he or she was insane, then the ultimate penalty would not be imposed. George, in his 30s and from Maesycymmer battered his mother to death, the violence uncontrolled. The police witnessed the most awful of crime scenes.

At the Cardiff Assize Court, George blamed the witnesses who perjured themselves. The jury did not believe him. This horrible crime was committed whilst he was in a drunken rage. He was found guilty and the Judge donned his black cloth cap. Just prior to his execution, George, who was attended to by a Wesleyan Minister, gave out some philosophical advice to his old friends. “Look for something more real than the pleasures of this life. Seek the realities of another world, because they are the only things you will need in the end.”

The featured image on this article depicts a crowd gathering at the Cardiff Prison gate in 1927.

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