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The Punch Drunk Murder
Episode 1127th March 2023 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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Bousquet, who boxed under the name of Del Fontaine, was convicted and sentenced at the Old Bailey. His subsequent appeal, on the grounds that he was " punch drunk" through boxing, and insane at the time of the crime was dismissed. 

The good-looking Fontaine was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to death. The execution in London aroused great emotion. His friends and fellow boxers pleaded for his life, saying a man suffering from depression – and also possibly punch-drunk after 98 fights – was not responsible for his actions.

Listen to this story and decide for yourself whether you think the law made the right decision.

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SOURCES

Daily Herald - Saturday 20 July 1935

Belfast Telegraph - Thursday 03 October 1935

Western Daily Press - Wednesday 30 October 1935

Daily Mirror - Wednesday 30 October 1935

Bristish Executions

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Intro music by The Model Folk 

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