A Royal Mercy Killing

According to all contemporary newspaper accounts and subsequent histories, King George V of Great Britain died of natural causes in 1936. Last week the - biographer of Lord Dawson, who was the King's doctor, disclosed that the monarch was actually put to death by lethal injections of morphine and cocaine, administered as he lay dying at the royal residence of Sandringham. Dawson's notes say the King's death was induced not only to ease his pain but to enable the news to make the morning papers, "rather than the less appropriate evening journals."

The notes, published by Dawson's biographer, Francis Watson, in...

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