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Derek Bentley gave up without a struggle when London cops in search of burglars cornered him one night last November on the warehouse roof of Messrs. Barlow & Parker, confectioners. Police took his knife and knuckle-duster from him, then turned their attention to his accomplice, a desperate 16-year-old named Christopher Craig.

"If you want me, well, come and get me," growled Craig. Bentley, though already under arrest, shouted to his pal: "Let him have it, Chris!" Chris Craig emptied his Colt automatic, and one of its .45-cal. slugs killed Police Constable Sidney Miles. The...

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