BRITAIN: Warts and All

The Thorpe Case (cont'd)

HOW JEREMY SEDUCED ME, read a tittering headline in London's tabloid Daily Mail, as Britain's most lurid crime story in years entered a particularly purple phase. For a second week, a three-judge panel in Minehead, a remote town on the Somerset coast, was conducting a magistrate's hearing into charges that Jeremy Thorpe, 49, the dapper, old Etonian Liberal M.P. who had once been one of Britain's fastest rising political stars, had conspired to murder Norman Scott. A sometime male model, Scott had publicly proclaimed that he had once had...

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