Saturday, February 23, 2008

The man they couldn't hang

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1885 English hangman James Berry (pictured; 1852 - 1913) of Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, who carried out around 200 hangings in his eight years in office, attempted to execute John Lee (John 'Babbacombe' Lee) for the murder (on November 15, 1884) of Lee's wealthy employer, Ellen Keyse, and pulled the lever. But something malfunctioned and Lee would not drop through the trapdoor.

The equipment was tested repeatedly and seemed to be in working order; weights used in a test run plunged to the ground as expected. However, each time the lever was pulled when Lee stood over the trap door, nothing happened. Two more execution attempts were made without success, and Lee was returned to prison ...

3 Comments:

Blogger Nora said...

"and Lee was returned to prison ..."
with his brain scrambled.

LOL (sorry)

12:30 AM  
Blogger Ivannamovie said...

and....was he ever executed or remained in jail for the rest of his life, got out......finish the story!

10:45 PM  
Blogger Pip said...

You'll have to click the link for the answer to that. See the link above the post?

9:09 AM  

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