Capital punishment, my sixth great grandfather, and me


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On the 7th of June, 1753, Dr Archibald Cameron was executed at Tyburn. "The body, after hanging twenty minutes, was cut down: it was not quartered; but the heart was taken out and burnt. " 250 years later, his sixth great grandson, Robert Syned found himself deeply involved in the process of execution, as an expert witness in a case about the use of a new drug for lethal injection in the USA. In this podcast, Robert joins us to talk about the dearth of evidence, and massive variation in the use of drugs used to execute someone, and reflects on how finding out about his ancestor meant to him in this process.

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