Foreign News: Sweet Violet

Because Dr. Hakim Bakhtyar Rustomji Ratanji, who legally changed his name to Buck Ruxton, strangled his wife and the pretty nursemaid who saw him do it, subsequently dismembered his victims and threw the bloody fragments into a Scottish ravine known as The Devil's Beef tub (TIME, March 23), British Justice last week hanged this murderer in the courtyard of Strangeways Jail, Manchester.

It was the most highly publicized execution in months and a banner opportunity for Britain's No. 1 Anti-Capital-Punishment Crusader, plump Mrs. Violet Van der Elst. The widow of a Belgian shaving-cream...

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