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**Subtitle: The True Story of Edith Thompson** Addressing the facts of the celebrated Thompson-Bywaters case, the last double hanging in Britain of this century. Since her execution in 1923, the death of Edith Thompson has been the subject of bitter controversy. How responsible was she for the death of her husband at the hands of her young lover? The case against her rested on the evidence provided by some seventy letter she wrote, correspondence admired for its wit and intelligence. With access to Home Office files and painstaking reconstruction of the era, Dr. Weis argues that Edith Thompson was innocent, a victim of the moral climate of the day.