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A .455 is a rather large caliber for rifles which tend to have longer but smaller diameter bullets. It's not unheard of though, in fact, I have a .450 caliber Marlin lever action rifle.
I was a bit surprised when I read that the Balistics man sad a .455 could have come from a rifle, Winchester also used to make a .45 rifle, if my memory serves.
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Didn't a prison guard say Light had told him he shot her accidentally?
Yes (actually it was a police superintendent):
http://billdonahue.net/2007/12/01/th...icycle-murder/
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Yes (actually it was a police superintendent):
http://billdonahue.net/2007/12/01/th...icycle-murder/
Thanks I thought it was something like that.
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Light was certainly a rather peculiar character. What was he doing arming himself for a gentle summer bike ride in the Leicestershire countryside for, anyway? His actions after Bella's death don't exactly scream innocence either.

I'm inclined to think that class came into it too. Light was from the middle classes, supposedly an ex officer and gentleman, a teacher at a reasonably good boys school. He was as cool as a cucumber giving his testimony, never deviated, a bit odd considering all the panic he was supposedly in when, as an innocent man, he disposed of his bike etc.

The jury in those days, just after the First War, were probably impressed by Light's style, even if he did have a very squeaky voice, apparently. M-H would have entranced the jury in his usual barnstorming style, with huge dramatic gestures, and so Light got off. I believe he shot Bella and I'd love to know why. He later married and lived to a ripe old age, I believe.
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Yes, I think he died in 1975. Too bad 60 Minutes or some program like that didn't interview him in the early 70s.
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Do you think he would have confessed to anything, though? If he was able to be as cool as a cucumber in the witness box in 1920, through a pretty savage cross-examination and kept his silence from then until old age, I don't think he would have imparted much of interest, except perhaps the fact he had found his trial to be an ordeal.
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Do you think he would have confessed to anything, though? If he was able to be as cool as a cucumber in the witness box in 1920, through a pretty savage cross-examination and kept his silence from then until old age, I don't think he would have imparted much of interest, except perhaps the fact he had found his trial to be an ordeal.
No I don't think he would have confessed, however he may have thought that by saying it was an accident it may save him from the high jump if he went down.

By the same token he may have kept his mouth shut till old age because there was nothing to say, that hadn't already been said.
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A .455 is a rather large caliber for rifles which tend to have longer but smaller diameter bullets. It's not unheard of though, in fact, I have a .450 caliber Marlin lever action rifle.
IIRC, a .45 cal can also be fired through a .410 shotgun, although the accuracy may suffer slightly since shotgun barrels don't have any striations.
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Some photos of Leicester Court, where Lights trial was held.

Here you see the Court room, and holding cells, and the steps from said cells to the Court.

Finally, Bella Wrights grave.

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Thank you for the photos, Monty. Very interesting. I believe there was an attempt to collect enough money to buy poor Bella Wright a proper gravestone as her family could never have afforded to do so, but it failed. At least she now has a plaque.

How would it be to time travel to witness a capital trial in some of these courtrooms, lit by gaslight and with great advocates like Marshall Hall, Cassels and Curtis-Bennett in full flight!
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