By Geoffrey Abbott

ISBN-10: 1840245034

ISBN-13: 9781840245035

The enterprise of dying might be heavily absurd, and not anything illustrates this greater than those grotesque real stories. This gory compendium info the frankly ridiculous ways that a couple of ill-fated unfortunates met (or didn't meet) their maker by the hands of regrettably inept executioners. With black and white illustrations, this booklet brings jointly a mix of bungled executions, unusual final requests and vintage one-liners from medieval instances to the current day.

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The procedure therefore was for the victim to kneel upright or to stand, the executioner swinging the blade horizontally around his head once or twice to gain the necessary momentum before delivering the fatal stroke. If undue suffering and horrific flesh wounds were to be avoided, ‘cooperation’ by the victim was essential, for if he or she swayed or trembled too violently, more than one blow would be required. indd 39 12/04/2006 14:48:26 AMAZING TRUE STORIES OF EXECUTION BLUNDERS ‘It must be taken into account that when there are several condemned persons to be executed at the same time, the terror produced by this method owing to the immense amount of blood that is shed and flows everywhere, creates fear and weakness in the hearts of those who are waiting to die.

Somehow she found strength enough to turn and sink her teeth into the executioner’s shoulder, through the leather vest, to the flesh, bringing blood. ’ On recovering she was taken back by coach to the prison where, as the vehicle slowed down, she tried to throw herself under the wheels. In her cell she vainly tried once more to commit suicide by choking herself with a corner of her bed sheet. But her imprisonment lasted, not for life, as sentenced by the court, but for a brief ten months, for with the help of a sentry whom she bribed, she escaped to England disguised as a man and joined her husband in London, where she lived until her death in 1791.

If so, could the victim actually see the ground or basket coming up to meet them – even perhaps have sufficient time to witness the gloating faces of those clustered round the scaffold as their head is brandished by the executioner? Alas, like death itself, only those who personally experience decapitation can know what happens and within what timescale. indd 40 12/04/2006 14:48:26 PART ONE: METHODS OF TORTURE AND EXECUTION the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, although isolated cases reportedly took place in Scotland.

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