John (Babbacombe) Lee

black and white newsprint portrait of John Lee

Was this possibly one of the great miscarriages of justice to come to life?

Maybe, but the outcome was even more startling. Three attempts were made to hang this man for the crime of murder in Exeter Prison, every time the trap door failed to open.

After many years in prison he is released and eventually gets married.

The story has been subject to film and song and countless speculation as the tranquillity of the quiet beach at Babbacombe is shattered.

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