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Capital Punishment.

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Capital Punishment In the 1960's capital punishment was still an issue in our country. It brought up many questions about morality which finally led to its abolition in 1969. In the 1950's the houses in Rillington Place were divided into 10 flats. From the outside Number 10 looked the same as every other, however the horrors that were found in it in March 1953 made it one of the most infamous addresses in England. John Christie's murder method was to lure women to his house, get them drunk then gas them. Once they were unconscious he strangled them and finished by raping their corpses. In 1949, Timothy Evans returned home to find his wife and 14 month old daughter strangled to death. ...read more.

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When he was found he confessed to have killing his wife and eventually others. Altogether he was charged with 9 murders and hanged on July 15th, 1953. Timothy Evan was an innocent man hanged for a crime he did not commit. Who has to decide whether people are innocent or guilty and does the society have the right to take a life? By killing those who we believe to have killed are we not ourselves made killers and sinking to the level of those we are trying to eradicate. There was a reprieve system, however how can we be sure that those hanged were guilty of worse crimes than that reprieved, or was the whole reprieve system just a lottery that was incapable of distinguishing between degrees of wickedness? ...read more.

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Does this mean that hanging was not a deterrent it was made out to be? In March 1956 the Death Penalty Abolition Bill was passed by Parliament but was thrown out by the House of Lords meaning it was legal again. A new Labour Government in 1964 made its abolition its main priority resulting in its suspension for 5 years. Capital punishment was an inhumane way of dealing with people and caused the death of many innocent people, many portrayed in well known films today. Therefore I believe harsher prison sentences is a balance between what we have today and capital punishment. Capital punishment killed many people and yet nowadays murderers, rapists and pedophiles are being let back into our society after a so called 'life sentence' or even a few years to then commit more crimes. I do not believe that we have yet got the right balance within our society. ...read more.

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