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The Queen v. Dudley & Stephens
Citation:14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884)
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Dudley and Stephens were stranded at sea in a life boat with two others, including a seventeen-year-old boy. THe life boat had limited food and no water. Eventually, Dudley and Stephens discussed killing the boy so the others could survive. The men did kill the boy and fed on him for four days before they were rescued. It was found at trial that if the men did not kill the boy, they would not have survived until they were rescued.
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