Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, LL. D

Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Kenealy, LL. D

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Personality and Bearing--His Methods of Poisoning--Dr Kenealy a Junior Counsel for his Defence--Capital Punishment--Libel Case against Liverpool Herald--Chetwynd Divorce Suit--Burke (Fenian) Case--Attempt to blow up Clerkenwell Prison--Many Victims killed and injured--Dr Kenealy withdraws from Defence--Takes "Silk"--Overend-Gurney Case--Wood Green Murders--Bidwell Brothers--A Piece of Ill-Luck. LIX In the spring of 1856 I was engaged as one of the junior counsel for the defence of William Palmer. This remarkable criminal, who was indicted for one and suspected of having committed fourteen or fifteen cold-blooded, hideous murders, was a man whose image is still fresh in my mind, so striking and characteristic was his personality. His face bore the impress of honesty, calm, passionless and truthful. At first I was somewhat deceived by the clear look of sincerity which characterised him, but on closer acquaintance I observed that whensoever my eyes met his he quickly dropped his lids as though he feared lest I might read there something he wished to conceal. From a habit of closely scanning the features of witnesses during cross-examination my eyes have acquired a steady, searching look, which I am told by those who have been under fire is not easy to withstand if there be need for concealment. Palmer was one of those who could not return my gaze; he invariably drooped and seemed uncomfortable. Otherwise he displayed the greatest composure on every occasion. His manners were courteous, bland and sympathetic. Yet there was something in their very smoothness which reminded me of some creeping reptile; not repulsive, on the contrary attractive, but suggestive of the gliding, stealthy movements of a snake He entered the room with a gentle tread, making...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665600
  • 9781236665607