5. George Kelly
In 1949, two people were killed in a botched robbery of a Liverpool cinema. The case made national headlines and prompted an investigation which led to the questioning of 65,000 people. Police had no leads and no real suspects, until they received an anonymous letter pointing the finger at two men; Charles Connolly and George Kelly. Due to lack of evidence, the trial led to a hung jury. Connolly subsequently snapped under the pressure and admitted to the crime. He served 10 years in prison, but upon his release, admitted that he was pressured into making a false confession for fear of the noose. Kelly, however, never proclaimed innocence and was sent to the gallows less than a year later. In 2003 the conviction was quashed by England’s Court of Criminal Appeal, after evidence came to light revealing that prosecutors concealed a confession that was made months before the trial by a man called Daniel Johnson.
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