What happens if a conjoined twin commits murder?
I was watching Channel 5 last night and there was a programme on conjoined twins who were 57 years old. If one of them commits a murder, how do they punish him without punishing the other?
Jim, Forest Hill
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Name: Kevin, The City
Qualification: I was watching QI once and it came up
Answer: It's actually happened, but with assault not murder. They were conjoined twins from Siam, called something like Chen and Chan in the early 1900s - it's where the phrase Siamese twins comes from. They were sideshow performers and during a show, one of them punched a member of the audience. They were both arrested and tried, but the judge said he couldn't do anything as it would be a miscarriage of justice if he imprisoned the innocent man.
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