By Geoffrey Abbott
The enterprise of loss of life could be heavily absurd, and not anything illustrates this higher than those ugly precise stories. This gory compendium information the frankly ridiculous ways that a few ill-fated unfortunates met (or didn't meet) their maker by the hands of unfortunately inept executioners. With black and white illustrations, this publication 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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Eventually overpowered, she was then tied up and carried down to the public courtyard where the scaffold awaited. Despite it being only six o’clock in the morning, a crowd of hundreds had gathered, and as her bonds were loosened, she ran towards the edge of the scaffold, a further frantic struggle taking place as, with an effort, they managed to strip the clothing from her and force her to lie down on the bench so that Charles-Henri could administer the beating. A vivid description of what followed was portrayed in a journal written by Nicolas Ruault: ‘Her whole body was revealed – her superb body, so exquisitely proportioned.
Three and a quarter feet from the ground a crossbar joined the two posts, serving as a support for the victim’s neck. This beam had a wide groove cut in its upper surface and filled with lead to resist the impact of the falling blade after it had passed through the flesh, muscle and spinal column. To prevent the victim withdrawing their head, an iron bar, hinged to one upright, was lowered and secured to the other upright before the peg was withdrawn and the sentence carried out. ’ Despite its name it showed no favours to females, its blade descending on Isabell and Ann Erskine in 1614 for poisoning their two nephews; Marion Astein for adultery in 1631; and Janet Embrie, found guilty in 1643 of committing incest with two of her brothers.
His Lordship solved the dilemma by inviting the officer to accompany him in the coach, not realising that the Gaoler would be carrying the cumbersome Ceremonial Axe, the traditional symbol by which the sentence of the court would be indicated to the crowds waiting outside the Hall; if borne with the edge pointing towards the prisoner, he had been found guilty, and rare it was that it was held facing in the opposite direction. indd 43 12/04/2006 14:48:27 AMAZING TRUE STORIES OF EXECUTION BLUNDERS Deputy Lieutenant of the Tower of London, 1722–1747, described the proceedings: ‘The two Earles [Lords Balmerino and Kilmarnock] had pleaded Guilty the first day and being now calld to shew cause if they could why Sentence of death should not pass upon them, they spoke their Several Speeches in Mittigation of their crime and to move the Lords to recommend them to the Kings mercie.