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Case of Walter Taynton, Charged with Killing his Sister

  • Geo. H. Savage
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From time to time it is worth while recording trials in which persons have been tried for crimes which might have been committed while the criminal was of unsound mind, and it seems to me that the case of Walter Taynton is one of such cases, for though there was some conflict in medical evidence, it was of small moment when compared with the ruling of the judge and the verdict of the jury. In this case a boy of 15 was charged with killing his little sister, aged 10, without sufficient, if any, cause, and the real question was whether he was to be considered insane and detained at her Majesty's pleasure, or if he should be treated as having committed murder or manslaughter and punished accordingly.

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* When his father was away be would get his hammer and use it even at night.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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Case of Walter Taynton, Charged with Killing his Sister

  • Geo. H. Savage
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