Our justice system is responsible for deterring crime and maintaining social control. We rely on our criminal justice system to guarantee our safety and make sure that criminals are not running wild, which is why we have jails. With that being said, the same system that is supposed to be protecting us has been responsible for the lives of innocent Americans.
This is a picture taken of Timothy Evans, an innocent man who died because of the failure of our criminal justice system. Evans was born on the twentieth of November in 1924. He had a rough childhood because of his slow development and tubercular sore that was on his right foot. As a result of Evans’ ailments, he was away from school often and was illiterate. On September 20, 1947, Evans married his Beryl Thorley and just like any other marriage, their’s was not easy. Timothy and Beryl had a daughter in 1948 and the following year, Beryl was pregnant again. With tough financial circumstances, the couple considered an abortion because they felt as though they would not be able to care for another child financially. Timothy’s neighbor, John Christie had agreed to perform an abortion on Beryl. Timothy went to the police station one night claiming that his wife died after taking a mixture Christie gave her to terminate the pregnancy. Also, Christie told Timothy that his daughter was being looked after, but police found Timothy’s wife and daughter wrapped in cloth strangled to death in the wash house. Under pressure and facing slow mental development, when Timothy was asked if he killed his wife, he replied “yes”. During his trial, within forty minutes, Timothy was found guilty. Evans was hung on March 9, 1950.
Three years later, it was discovered that John Christie was not only responsible for the lives of Timothy’s wife and daughter, but many women who were found dead in his apartment complex. The bodies were stored under floor boards and even a thigh bone of one of the victims was used a a prop in Christie’s garden. There was evidence that would have saved the life of innocent Timothy Evans. What are your thoughts on this? What can be done to make sure that the innocent is not being wrongfully accused and executed ? One last thing to consider, mentally ill persons are supposed to be exempt from execution as a result of their disability, but not only was Timothy wrongfully executed, he suffered from mental development issues as well and he was still executed.