Once upon a time, true justice was not available to those who are helpless. During the 19th century, one can be accused of a crime and found guilty because forensic evidence was unavailable then.
In Bodmin, a young man named Matthew Weeks was found guilty of murder and hanged without hard evidence. This case led to the eventual abolition of capital punishment.
At Bodmin's Shire Hall, visitors can relive the Courtroom Experience and even be a juror in the Matthew Weeks case, deciding whether he was guilty or not after hearing the deliberations in a trial involving film reels and animatronics.
Interesting and eye-opening, you get to relive history right where it happened, and end your tour with a visit to the holding cells where prisoners were kept while waiting for their case to be heard. Not pleasant for them, to be sure, and it makes one glad one is living in this more enlightened era and not back then.
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