Below you see the story of an extraordinary case in British legal history. The affair started in 1949 and was finally closed in 1966

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Below you see the story of an extraordinary case in British legal history. The affair started in 1949 and was finally closed in 1966.

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trial

to be convicted

arrested

pardon

suspect

allege

confessed

enquiry (x2)

innocent

judges

tried

to be charged with

court

sentenced

to plea

to be executed

custody

jury

appeal

apprehended

statements

guilty

execution dropped

hunt

denied

The story began when a man called Timothy Evans was ________for the murder of his wife and a baby. He was ____with double murder, but a short time later one of the charges was _____and he was _____ for the murder of his daughter only. During the _______ Evans accused the man whose house he had been living in, John Christie, of the crimes, but no attention was paid to him. The _____found Evans _____ and he was __________ to death. An _____ was turned down and he was _____ in 1950.

Some time later, more women’s bodies were discovered in Christie’s house: about six. John Christie was a police’s key ______and they started a nationwide _______ for him. He was soon_____. Alleged ______by Christie while he was in ______ cast doubt on the Evans hanging. When he went to ________, Christie __________ that he murdered Mrs Evans, but in private it was said that he ______to that crime. His ______of insanity with regard to other murders was rejected and he was ________of killing his wife.

Soon afterwards there was an _____into the_____of Timothy Evans. The ____decided that justice had been done and Evans had been rightly hanged. It was only in 1966that another _______was set up. This time it was decided that Evans had probably been _____and he was given a free ______. Better later than never, as they say.

THE KEY

The story began when a man called Timothy Evans was arrested for the murder of his wife and a baby. He was charged with double murder, but a short time later one of the charges was dropped and he was tried for the murder of his daughter only. During the trial Evans accused the man whose house he had been living in, John Christie, of the crimes, but no attention was paid to him. The jury found Evans guilty and he was sentenced to death. An appeal was turned down and he was executed in 1950.

Some time later, more women’s bodies were discovered in Christie’s house: about six. John Christie was a police’s key suspect and they started a nationwide hunt for him. He was soon apprehended. Alleged statements by Christie while he was in custody cast doubt on the Evans hanging. When he went to court, Christie denied that he murdered Mrs Evans, but in private it was said that he confessed to that crime. His plea of insanity with regard to other murders was rejected and he was convicted of killing his wife.

Soon afterwards there was an enquiry into the execution of Timothy Evans. The judges decided that justice had been done and Evans had been rightly hanged. It was only in 1966 that another enquiry was set up. This time it was decided that Evans had probably been innocent and he was given a free pardon. Better later than never, as they say.




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