61 - The Case of George Edalji

Small-town politics and old-fashioned racism come into play when the household of an Indian vicar in Great Wyrley, in Staffordshire, England is targeted for harassment. In 1903, a series of animal mutilations and maiming afflict the area and the vicar's son, a solicitor by the name of George Edalji, is convicted.

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“A stupid hoax.” London Standard, July 26, 1895.

“Cattle-maiming – fresh atrocities at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 28, 1907.

“Cattle-maiming – the new situation at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 29, 1907.

“Edalji is restored.” Washington Post, December 1, 1907.

“Extraordinary hoax.” Essex County Standard, August 24, 1895.

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