G. K. Chesterton: Trial of John Jasper

In 1914, the Dickens Fellowship attempted to solve the mystery once and for all by bringing John Jasper to trial, with G.K. Chesterton acting as judge and George Bernard Shaw foreman of the jury. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, although not by retiring to discuss the verdict but in agreement over refreshments earlier in the day, and Chesterton as judge found everyone (excepting himself) guilty of contempt of court. The Manchester Guardian, in its trial report, concluded that "the mystery of Edwin Drood is worse than ever."

TRIAL
OF JOHN JASPER
Lay Precentor of Cloisterham Cathedral in the County
of Kent, for the
MURDER
OF EDWIN DROOD
Engineer.

Heard by
MR. JUSTICE GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON
sitting with a Special Jury, in the King's Hall, Covent Garden,
W.C, on Wednesday, the 7th January, 1914.

Verbatim Report of the proceedings from the Shorthand Notes of
J. W. T. Ley.

LONDON
CHAPMAN & HALL, LTD.
1914