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Today in history: Derek Bentley controversially hanged in Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

In one of the most famous court cases in twentieth century Britain, Derek Bentley received the death sentence and was hanged.

Christopher Craig, who had actually committed the murder Derek Bentley was hanged for, was also found guilty of the murder but was only 16 years old so could not be given the death sentence. He served ten years in prison before being released.

Christopher Craig, who had actually committed the murder Derek Bentley was hanged for, was also founf guilty of the murder but was only 16 years old so could not be given the death sentence. He served ten years in prison before being released.

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig

Linguistic evidence. One cold morning in 1953, Derek Bentley, a nineteen-year-old youth in the wrong place with the wrong words, was hanged for a murder he did not commit.

Sentenced to Death (and Other Tales from the Dark Side of Language

One cold morning in Derek Bentley, a nineteen-year-old youth in the wrong place with the wrong words, was hanged for a murder he did not commit.

Christopher Eccleston as Derek Bentley in "Let Him Have It."                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Christopher Eccleston as Derek Bentley in "Let Him Have It.

Derek Bentley - ballad about 18 year old hanged for involvement in the shooting of a policeman in Croydon - sung by Ewan Maccoll

Derek Bentley - ballad about 18 year old hanged for involvement in the shooting of a policeman in Croydon - sung by Ewan Maccoll

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The Last Words of Derek Bentley - Hanged at just 19 for a crime he did not commit - YouTube

This is a reconstruction of the Last words Derek Bentley offered to his parents. It was not written by Derek but instead dictated by him to a warder at Wands.

The grave stone says it all! "Here lies Derek Bentley - A victim of British justice" Bentley was executed for the murder of a policeman on November 2nd 1952. He was hung in 1953. He did not fire the bullet that killed the policeman and was under arrest, standing beside a police officer when Christopher Craig fired the fatal shot.

The grave stone says it all! "Here lies Derek Bentley - A victim of British justice" Bentley was executed for the murder of a policeman on November 2nd 1952. He was hung in 1953. He did not fire the bullet that killed the policeman and was under arrest, standing beside a police officer when Christopher Craig fired the fatal shot.

Iris Bentley - Sister of Derek Bentley. She fought for many years to clear his name. Unfortunately, she died a year before the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction. Her ashes were placed on his grave, in an urn with the inscription, 'You will always be in my heart, your loving daughter Maria'.

Iris Bentley - Sister of Derek Bentley. She fought for many years to clear his name. Unfortunately, she died a year before the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction. Her ashes were placed on his grave, in an urn with the inscription, 'You will always be in my heart, your loving daughter Maria'.

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