HANG BY THE NECK. The Legal Use of Scaffold and Noose, Gibbet, Stake, and Firing Squad from Colonial Times to the Present.

Author: Teeters (Negley K.) with Hedblom (Jack H.)
Year: 1967
Publisher: Charles C. Thomas
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: NrF/NrF
Price: 65.00
Hardback. Foreword by Thomas M. McDade. '.....a unique record of an area of cultural history too long neglected. Unusual sidelights are presented... little-known facts on types of early gallows, attitudes of victims, status of hangmen, superstitions surrounding the tree, last requests of the condemned, dress at the tree etc. Notorious cases are vividly described. This is a book that will interest criminologists, sociologists, and social historians as well as informed laymen who are concerned with the status of capital punishment since its inception.' Chapter headings include : Hanging as a Social Practice; Excessive Retribution and Puritanical Zeal in Early Days; The Treatment of Witches; Hangings Inside-Far From the Madding Throngs; A Wide Range of Cases; Murder for Greed Anger and Lust; A Further Potpourri of Cases; The Poisoners; Hangings in the Interest of National Security; The Tree Embellished by Ballad and Allusion; The Drift Away from Capital Punishment. With Index of Selected Names, Index of Subjects. 483pp. lge 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Grgg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. F. in nr. f. dw. This book weighs approx. 1.3kg. and will require additional postage.

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