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Real Crime - - Antony M. Brown -

Prior to Brown’s book, two au­thors from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions gave ar­gu­ments for and against the jury’s ver­dict in the case of bella wright’s mur­der.

The Green Bi­cy­cle Case H. R. Wake­field ( 1930)

Her­bert Robert Wake­field’s book con­cludes that the prime sus­pect in the Green Bi­cy­cle mys­tery, Robert Light, was in­no­cent. He ad­mits that Light’s be­hav­iour be­fore he was ar­rested was “craven” but in­sists that his shifty be­hav­iour was “very hu­man”. Wake­field writes that he “must ac­cept it [ the ver­dict] ab­so­lutely and with­out a trace of reser­va­tion as the pro­found con­vic­tion of the twelve per­sons who had an in­fin­itely bet­ter op­por­tu­nity than any­one else of de­cid­ing the case on its mer­its.”

The Green Bi­cy­cle Mur­der C. Wendy East ( 1993)

Bri­tish au­thor C. Wendy East wrote one of the most pop­u­lar books on the mur­der of Bella Wright. The au­thor’s view was that Light was in­deed guilty, de­spite the not- guilty ver­dict in his trial. East, who delves into the back­ground of the prime sus­pect, re­gards him as lit­tle more than a per­verted and pam­pered war vet­eran who lit­er­ally got away with mur­der. She blames a rigid class sys­tem for his re­prieve from jus­tice.

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