I would totally support such a pardon.
I sometimes wonder how dreadful it must have been for a true genius to be placed under the care of misguided pseudoscience, with no outlet to
complain, because it was already considered the "humane" option.
I think Turing grew breasts because of the hormone "therapy" at some stage.
His death was touchingly bizarre.
A cyanide-laced piece of apple was found on the scene, which some attribute to his apparent fascination with a 1937 Disney version of Snow
Some doubted it was suicide, and that his hormone therapy had been stopped at the time, and that he bore this with "good cheer" (which sounds like a
dreadful British euphemism).
I think that he felt he had fought for a free and just society, and his troubles began when he reported a 19-year-old lover to the police for
He made the terrible mistake of assuming (perhaps a bit like Oscar Wilde) that justice existed for gay people at the time.
This was the time when gay survivors of the Nazi death camps were sent back to the same camps (now under "democratic" or socialist rule) to complete
their sentences, and many had to lie about why they were imprisoned.
It would remain a disappointing world for gay people, at least in any legal sense, for decades more.
In that sense, expecting equal service from the police was probably an act of bravado or stupidity.
Of course he could have been assassinated.
His privileges on secret knowledge were revoked after his trial, and the blackmail of gay KGB double-agents caused panic about homosexuality in the
secret service ranks.
Especially homosexuals who were no longer happy to be closeted (and knew of others in the system) could be seen as dangerous, and their potential to
cause major scandal if too outspoken could be profound.
In fact, controversially some historians believe this could be one reason why the Nazis turned violently homophobic, even against non-political gays
shortly after they came to power.
The gay scene had the dirt on some of them from the early days of the movement (and thus had to be destroyed). Real evidence for this is lacking,
although I'm sure it played a role in some of Hitler's purges.
Some believe Turing's cyanide had to be inhaled rather than eaten, and the apple was placed on the scene as symbolic.
Turing was only 41 when he died.
One wonders what more he could have given to the world, had he lived?
Apparently there has been an apology over his treatment, but no official pardon yet.
In one's late 30s/early 40s I find that one can really notice the effects of aging on the body, and it must absolutely destroy anyone's self-image to
not just be chemically castrated, but also to have one's masculine looks so devastated at that age.
Never even mind the sense of personal insult, injustice and rejection.
I think they finished him one way or another, as former Nazis were smuggled into world science without much ado.
Cheers to you Mr. Turing.
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