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April 6, 1970

The Weight of Evidence

JAMA. 1970;212(1):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170140093018

My lords, the happenings of this case are, to wit: Robert the Surgeon, of Friday Street, rented a house and tavern to one Symon, in St. Martin's parish, there to conduct his trade. Said Symon had a servant, Roger from Westminster, who, in the night following St. Nicholas's Day, December sixth, in the fifth year of King Edward, 1277, did most foully murder his master. And the manner of the murder was thus: Roger cut the throat of the said Symon, asleep in his bed, and did cut off the head entirely from the body, after which he dragged the body to a dark and secret place, a bin between two walls in the house, wherein coals were wont to be kept, such place being long, and not quite two feet wide. The next day, dissembling, the said Roger did put out the bench in front of the tavern and