Why Britain Is at War

Why Britain Is at War

Why Britain Is at War

Why Britain Is at War

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At 3.15 on the afternoon of Thursday, July. 1st, 1915, George Joseph Smith was convicted at the Old Bailey of the murder of Beatrice Mundy. In passing sentence Mr. Justice Scrutton informed the defendant that the jury, after a careful and patient hearing, had found him guilty of "a cold-blooded and heartless murder." He thereafter sentenced him to be hanged by the neck until he was dead. This sentence was carried out at Maidstone Gaol on the morning of August 14th.

George Smith had an excellent defence. He pointed out that he had met Bessie Mundy at Clifton, and that they had fallen in love with each other at first sight. He had married her at the local registry office under the name of Henry Williams. Miss Mundy possessed a fortune of £2,500, and on the very first day of their marriage her husband had induced her to make a will bequeathing all her worldly goods to him. They had then left together upon a honeymoon at Herne Bay. George Smith (who asserted untruly that he was particular in such matters) had insisted that their choice of lodgings must be dependent upon the lodgings possessing a wide and well-appointed bath-room. On arrival at Herne Bay, Mr. Smith (or Williams) displayed the greatest solicitude regarding the health of his bride. He assured her that she was looking very ill indeed.

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