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Beck, Adolf (1841–1909), businessman and victim of two miscarriages of justice, was born in Christiansund, Norway, on 14 June 1841, the son of a trader and ship's captain. Leaving school at sixteen, he led a restless, wandering, and varied life. He was a clerk in merchants' offices, studied industrial chemistry privately, and went to sea, before reaching ...

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Bentley, Derek William (1933–1953), victim of a miscarriage of justice, was born on 30 June 1933 at 13 Surrey Row, Blackfriars Road, Blackfriars, London, the third of five surviving children of William George Bentley (1905–1974), an engineer, and his wife, Lilian Rose (1903–1976)...

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Conlon, Gerard Patrick [Gerry] (1954–2014), victim of a miscarriage of justice, was born on 1 March 1954 at 12 Nelson Street, in the Sailortown district of Belfast, the son of Patrick Joseph (Guiseppe) Conlon (1924–1980), builder’s labourer, and his wife, ...

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Peach, (Clement) Blair (1946–1979), schoolteacher and victim of police brutality, was born on 25 March 1946 in New Zealand. He was educated at the Victoria University of Wellington, where he was co-editor of a literary magazine, Argot. Following graduation he took a series of jobs (including as a hospital orderly) before emigrating to ...

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Pilgrim, Edward Alexander (1904–1954), victim of bureaucracy, was born on 12 December 1904 at 24 Francis Avenue, High Road, Ilford, son of Alfred Pilgrim, journeyman stonemason, and his wife, Edith Emily Pilgrim, née Barker. Little is known of his early life, though he appears to have received no more than an elementary education. ...

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Savidge, (Marjorie) Irene (1905–1985), factory worker and subject of police interrogation, was born at 53 Roseberry Gardens, Tottenham, Middlesex, on 9 June 1905, the daughter (she had a younger brother) of John Savidge (b. 1880), a clerk to a firm of chartered accountants, and his wife, ...

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Slater [formerly Leschziner], Oscar Joseph (1872–1948), victim of miscarriage of justice, was born in Oppeln, Upper Silesia, Germany, on 8 January 1872, the son of Adolph Leschziner (d. 1916), a baker, and his wife, Paula Zweig (d. 1917). The family, which was Jewish, consisted of at least four (and probably six) children. ...

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Ward, Stephen Thomas (1912–1963), osteopath and scapegoat, was born on 19 October 1912 at Lemsford vicarage, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, second of three sons of Arthur Evelyn Ward (1877–1944), clergyman, and his wife, Eileen Esmée (1881–1955), daughter of Thomas Mercer Cliffe Vigors, Anglo-Irish landowner. He was a descendant of the ...