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Lives are precious and when someone is convicted of a murder they need and should be afforded the best defense hoping that there might have been a misjudge of character. But, when racism, prejudice and a wrong assumption come into play, plus a prosecutor who rolled over the defense, and a young 19-year-old young man … Continue reading

Lives are precious and when someone is convicted of a murder they need and should be afforded the best defense hoping that there might have been a misjudge of character. But, when racism, prejudice and a wrong assumption come into play, plus a prosecutor who rolled over the defense, and a young 19-year-old young man named Oswald Augustus Grey was sent to his death but was he guilty?Accused of killing Thomas Arthur Bates during a robbery at his newspapers shop. Grey felt on the number 8 bus. Picked up four days after this incident in relation to claiming he stole a gun and was pit on an identity line up where Cecilia Gibbs said he was the man she saw at the Throughout this account of events that led to the execution of Grey, the author presents a startling history about the bulk is Britain’s post war hangings conducted by Albert Pierrepoint who continued the occupation of his father and uncle Henry and Thomas. Thomas presided in 261 occasions and Henry 75 and Albert 169. Oswald Grey the subject of this book his ultimate moments entrusted to Henry Allen who acted has an assistant to Pierrepoint on several occasions and with Grey’s demise he stated officiated in some capacity in 80 executions. Continues with how some were instructed to keep prisoner’s calm. There was Hanratty convicted of murder of Michael Gregston and for the attempted murder and rape of Valerie Storie. He expands on where and when plus how long it took to complete the process of his arrest to execution. He adds the length and times of trials of others and adds that Grey’s lasted a mere five days. Nobody took up his cause and he was a Jamaican baker and reading further we learn that his world was loose and dysfunctional. 


Other trials were longer and received more attention from the public. Pages 13-14 explains more.  The author tried sketch something of a backdrop against which Grey’s time in Birmingham was played out. Piecing together the details of his life was quite demanding and frustrating. At the time there were many seeking jobs, and most did … Continue reading

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