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By Geoffrey Abbott

The company of loss of life will be heavily absurd, and not anything illustrates this larger than those grotesque precise stories. This gory compendium information the frankly ridiculous ways that a few ill-fated unfortunates met (or did not meet) their maker by the hands of alas inept executioners. With black and white illustrations, this e-book brings jointly a mix of bungled executions, unusual final requests and vintage one-liners from medieval occasions to the current day.

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Thus prejudged and found guilty, the remainder of the trial was a mere formality, and Lord Russell, found guilty of committing High Treason, was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered, though this was later commuted to just decapitation. Great efforts were made to save him; his father, the Duke of Bedford, offered the King the phenomenal sum of £100,000 for a royal reprieve, and Lady Russell, the condemned man’s wife, went to the court and, throwing herself at Charles’ feet, begged him for mercy, but to no avail.

They both start to slow immediately, but whereas breathing stops in seconds, the heart may beat for up to twenty minutes after the drop. The last public execution in England took place on 26 May 1868 when Michael Barratt was hanged by executioner William Calcraft for attempting to blow up the Clerkenwell House of Correction in order to rescue colleagues imprisoned therein; the explosion resulted in twelve fatalities and many innocent members of the public were injured. indd 31 12/04/2006 14:48:22 AMAZING TRUE STORIES OF EXECUTION BLUNDERS altogether, claiming that being in private, without independent witnesses, executions would become even more brutal.

Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment he must have applied one iron upside down, and so had to burn it in again but at least was compassionate enough to ask the attendant surgeon to relieve the agony by applying a plaster. That having been done, Brandon continued to carry out the rest of the court’s sentence by cutting off the residue of Prynne’s ear; such a tricky bit of surgery that in so doing, he sliced off some of Prynne’s cheek as well. ’ The deputy, entering into the spirit of it, said that he couldn’t alter the cart’s route, but if they were stopped by the innkeeper, he, the deputy, would certainly go bail for Thomas.

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