The 'Push In The Back' Method!

placeholder gifWhy Babbacombe Lee didn't drop

Whatever the reason for the failure of the 'drop', the Sheriff of Devon evidently felt that the problem could have been solved by giving the prisoner a push in the back: 'The sentence should have been carried out in a decent way by those who accepted the responsibility, but who appear to have completely lost their heads. Had a few planks been used after the drop had first failed to act, or some other simple means been adopted over the drop, we should have been saved the disgrace of all the revolting bungling that took place, and the country would have been rid of a most callous and barbarous murderer'.

Written by Mike Holgate


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Written by Mike Holgate
Organisation Torbay Library Services
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Contributor   Mike Holgate  
Item  
Identifier ref 961
Date   1984  
Format   greyscale news cutting; 155 mm x 122 mm  
Coverage   Devon. Paignton.  
Source   Torbay Library Services  
Subject   Lee. Theory  
Type   Image  
Publisher   Torbay Library Services  
Rights   Herald Express  
Keywords hanging scaffold gallows drop