GREAT BRITAIN: End of the 8 O'Clock Walk

Last November 21-year-old Walter John Cross, a hard-up truck driver, strangled a crippled London watchmaker and snatched his wallet. Three months later Cross was hanged on the gallows of Pentonville Penitentiary. He may have been the last man who will ever be executed in Britain for murder.

Unripe Time? Last week the House of Commons abolished the death penalty for murder for a trial period of five years. Halfheartedly, the Labor government opposed the change. Kindly Home Secretary Chuter Ede, who ten years ago was speaking out for abolition of the death sentence,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!