A stray shot leads to the noose?

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I write re­gard­ing your piece Ruth El­lis and the Hang­ing that Rocked a Na­tion (Fe­bru­ary). The home sec­re­tary at the time, Gwilym Lloyd Ge­orge, later told writer Fen­ton Bresler that one rea­son for not re­priev­ing Ruth El­lis was that one of her bul­lets had hit an in­no­cent by­stander in the hand. I be­lieve that she should have been re­prieved for a clear crime of pas­sion against a man who seems to have been vile, but this side of the ar­gu­ment does de­serve a men­tion. Mark Taha, Lon­don

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