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THE MURDER OF JONATHAN MAY

 

You can see a photo of Jonathan May's gravestone by

visiting the Dunsford pages

 

The story of the murder is told by Moretonhampstead History Society at

http://www.moretonhampstead.org.uk/texts/glimpses/maymurder.ghtml

 

Both of the two men arrested and tried for the crime were innocent, a fact which did not prevent one being hanged in Exeter Goal and the other, Edmund Galley being transported to Australia, where, over 40 years later, at the age of 80, he was to receive a Royal Pardon. This case became a landmark in the history of  British law and the related extract from the official  report of the proceedings of Parliament 5 August 1881 (as published in Hansard) makes interesting reading:

 

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1881/aug/05/criminal-law-case-of-edmund-galley

 

 

 
 
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