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WS88-William Beadle on Stinie Morrison & the Murder of Leon Beron

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  • WS88-William Beadle on Stinie Morrison & the Murder of Leon Beron

    Discussion thread for the June 2016 Whitechapel Society Guest Speaker Talk:

    William Beadle on Stinie Morrison and the Murder of Leon Beron

    Available to stream or download now from the following link:

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    Thank you to everyone at the Whitechapel Society 1888

    and Thank you for listening!


  • #2
    Great stuff! Our thanks to Rippercast, speaker William Beadle and the Whitechapel Society 1888, as well as to Steve Rattey who I understand was responsible for recording Bill's talk.


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    • #3
      Wonderful and thoughtful, provocative lecture on the Morrison Case. I am glad it was recorded.

      I did read THE HOUNDSDITCH MURDERS (or THE SIEGE OF SIDNEY STREET) by Donald Rumbelow in the 1970s, and I recall his singling out Gardstein and Jacob Peters as the murderers of the policemen. Peters did rise in the Cheka, but in the 1920s (after Stalin rose to power) he ran afoul of Stalin, and was eventually arrested and executed by the Bolshevik/Soviet Government.

      A good review of Edward Abinger's defense (and Richard Muir's prosecution - as well as Mr. Justice Darling's handling) of the trial was in Edgar Lustgarten's "The Murder and the Trial". This was a reprint of the essay from an earlier book "Verdicts in Dispute", which pointed out an ironic coda to the handling of Stinie's arrest in 1911 by Inspector Wensley. He also was severely questioned by scholars on his handling of the entrapment (?) of Edith Thompson in 1922, with actions like having her escorted through a hall just in time to see Frederick Bywaters being arrested (and collapsing for the first time as a result). Wensley wrote his own book of memoirs, and seems very proud of his record, and defends his behavior towards Mrs. Thompson, reminding the reader that we should sympathize with her husband, the murder victim. Yes we should but to the point that we overlook any detail that might exonerate the arrested party? Wensley would say yes.