Does that mean I have to put my cattle prod away now?
That does seem rather conclusive evidence identifying Kitty's husband as the culprit in the case of Edith Matthews. But I don't know that we should then take it to mean he was also responsible for the two later daughters of Dorcas Matthews.
Cattle prod! I thought it was more like a blow torch. . I now know there is a higher standard of proof ("beyond a reasonable doubt") that would send a man to the electric chair! "Beyond any doubt" is the CT standard. Although this standard cannot always be met, its the one to strive for!
For the time being, the other Dorcas Matthews daughters Caroline and Caroline Uren will have to fend for themselves!
I'm heading up to Lancashire ( well virtually anyway) to look further at my wife's family. With such common names such as Webster, Spencer & Taylor, and coming from Catholic families, I'm sure it will be quite a challenge!
Post by Cornish Terrier on Nov 25, 2013 4:10:19 GMT -5
I now know there is a higher standard of proof ("beyond a reasonable doubt") that would send a man to the electric chair! "Beyond any doubt" is the CT standard.
I have learned over the years that if there is the slightest hint or reason that something does not look right or may not be right then there is a very good chance that it is just that .... not right! In the case of William Uren there was enough evidence (or lack of) to cause me to question what appeared to be the 'obvious outcome' so I began thinking of every possibility I could that might explain the known 'facts'. Eliminating each possibility in turn is the only way to get at the truth and as it turns out you were right. It is better to go the extra yard and be sure than it is to find out in a potentially embarrassing manner some time later down the track.
If I think there is reason to question something then I will dig and prod and worry at it until I find the answer.
"Beyond any doubt" is the CT standard. Although this standard cannot always be met, its the one to strive for!
Very true - sometimes it becomes impossible to know for absolute certainty but by working around the problem it is often possible to arrive at a conclusion that is 'probably' right. To work at a problem, even with minimal information' and arrive at a conclusion that is a 'best fit' is much better than simply accepting what is available and saying that A was the son of C because those are the only records available.