The 'Push In The Back' Method!
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|
|Format||greyscale news cutting; 155 mm x 122 mm|
|Source||Torbay Library Services|
|Publisher||Torbay Library Services|
|Keywords||hanging scaffold gallows drop|