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Two of the UK's top criminal barristers, Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein, explore historical murders where the convicted went to the gallows pleading their innocence.Investigating cases which bear all the hallmarks of a miscarriage of justice, they join forces with a living member of the convicted criminal's family and a variety of specialist experts to re-examine the crime, evidence and trial.
Jeremy Dein and Sasha Wass re-investigate an alleged false confession that led to the hanging of William Burtoft for the brutal murder of Frances Levin in her home in Manchester in 1933. Now, more than 80 years later, William's relative Kate is keen to learn more about the case and works alongside Sasha and Jeremy to uncover new details about her great-great-uncle. The case was based on a confession that William signed, but the barristers have grave concerns about how that confession was obtained - can they discover new evidence about the authenticity of the confession? What singled William out as a suspect in this case? Kate goes on a journey of discovery, learning about her ancestor's time in the navy and his previous run-ins with the law - is she still certain of his innocence? Calling on the assistance of experts, will Jeremy and Sasha uncover enough new evidence to present the case to a former Crown Court judge?
Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein scrutinise a violent burglary and murder from 1931. The murder weapon could be key to the conviction and execution of Henry Seymour. In Oxford in 1931, 54-year-old widow Annie Louisa Kempson was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in her own home in what appeared to be a violent burglary. Door-to-door salesman and career criminal Henry Seymour was quickly embroiled in the murder investigation and eventually executed for the crime - but now his grandson Tony is starting to doubt the original verdict. Tony enlists the help of top criminal barristers Jeremy and Sasha, who examine the evidence, starting with the time of death. Their investigation leads to an important revelation about the hammer that connected Henry to the murder, but is there enough new evidence to present the case to a senior judge?
Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein investigate a gang-related murder in Clapham Common in 1953 that left one teenager dead and another man sentenced to hang. What appears to be a fistfight masks a more violent clash - someone has a knife. Three men are stabbed, and 17-year-old John Beckley later dies from his injuries. Several young men were initially arrested and charged, but only one - Michael Davies - was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. However, Michael was never executed - his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. Now Michael's niece, Sharon, and family friend Ann are looking for closure. Michael protested his innocence on his release from prison, but he was never exonerated - can his relative finally clear his name? Sasha and Jeremy investigate possible murder weapons and re-examine key evidence given by eyewitnesses. Can they uncover enough new evidence to bring this case before a Crown Court judge and convince him that the original conviction was unsafe?
Jeremy Dein and Sasha Wass investigate a case of murder in County Cork, Ireland, in 1894. A man is dragged from his bed and beaten by two men. With serious injuries and a gunshot to his arm, he is discovered early the next morning. His neighbour calls for a priest and a doctor, but it is too late - James Donovan has been murdered. With little evidence, the police round up several known criminals from the surrounding area, and John Twiss from County Kerry is tried and convicted. He is hanged in February 1895, protesting his innocence. More than 120 years later, John's relatives, Helen and Dennis, are determined to prove his innocence. Why was Twiss arrested within days of the murder, for the police to then spend months investigating the case? Was there any evidence to link him to the scene of the crime, or to the other man who was alleged to have also committed the murder? Were witnesses put under pressure to give evidence or to change their stories?
Sasha Wass(Sasha Wass)
Jeremy Dein(Jeremy Dein)
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