One thing remains certain: Lucas and Turpin were killed Dec. 11 at 12:02 a.m., as the hangman slid a greased plank out from under the trapdoors in the Don Jail.
The event drew mass protests on the night of the hangings. The murder cases sped through courts at a pace that would be considered remarkable today – Lucas committed his crime in November of 1961 and Turpin in February 1962.
They would be dead by December.
The defender charged with their cases, Ross Mackay, 29 at the time, was recognized as bright, but inexperienced.