Episode 11

The Punch Drunk Murder

Season: 4 Episode: 11

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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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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Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

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