chapter  7
23 Pages

Crime in contemporary literature and culture

WithDavid J. Cox

We do not know that any circumstance could have occurred, which was better calculated to exhibit the utility of newspaper reports of the proceedings in courts of justice, than the discovery which we detailed last week, of the innocence of three persons, two of whom had been left for execution, on a charge of highway robbery. Had not the attention of persons residing at Wolverhampton and Oswestry been attracted by seeing the trial of the people reported in the newspapers, the probability is, that two innocent men might have lost their lives on the gallows. 1