Susannah Clapp, 4 August 1988
Show More Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson by René Weis.
Hamish Hamilton, 327 pp., £14.95, July 1988, 0 241 12263 5Show More
“... On 3 October 1922 Percy Thompson, a shipping clerk and old member of the Stepney Elocution Class, was stabbed to death in the street near his home in Ilford. His wife, Edith, was with him; her lover and former lodger, Frederick Bywaters, was the attacker. These circumstances were not disputed when the couple were charged with Thompson’s murder. But when they were found guilty and sentenced to hang, the clamour for reprieve was insistent ...”