British racism and miscarriage of justice

Particularly of interest to those from Birmingham:

bq. The centrepiece of the work is the arrest, trial and imprisonment of George Edalji for a series of maimings of animals in Great Wyrley. But how did this myopic and astigmatic young solicitor manage to get himself into the frame for these crimes? To understand why he was arrested and convicted of a crime that he was physically incapable of carrying out, the starting point was the situation the Reverend Edalji and his family had to face and the resentment directed towards them after the Parsee-convert to Christianity became vicar of the parish in 1876.

Conan Doyle and the Parson’s Son. The George Edalji Case, by Gordon Weaver – more information at The Plebeian.

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