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hangman

an official who carries out a sentence of hanging on condemned criminals
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I envision brief self-contemplation as each citizen looked at the solitary swinging form, then at the hangman appraising his work, then back to the dead.
Despite the unsettling subject matter, the reader is compelled to delve deeper into the mind of the hangman.
55 am, the designated hangman executed the hanging," a source said.
The BBC quoted the hangman, who has hanged nine people in his 21 years in prison, as saying that he carried out the hangings to reduce his time in jail.
VERDICT: Hangman gets you by the throat and won't let you go (HarperCollins, priced pounds 20).
In bite size chunks, making it easy to digest, there's plenty of fun to be had here as you tackle rounds of Hangman, Snakes and Twins, all designed to give your kids more than just a quiet way to spend an hour or so.
But today - nearly a century later - hangman Henry Pierrepoint is exposed as a callous brute who turned to drink to ease the horror of his job.
Mr Badger writes that he watched the film Pierrepoint on the TV, scenes in the life of the former public hangman.
She died slowly, the hangman having misjudged the drop required for a "clean" execution.
Chester's notorious hangman Samuel Burrows (1812- 1835) in his 24 years on the city corporation's pay-roll executed 53 criminals, probably some 45 in Chester alone and others "as a rope for hire" in North Wales.
PIERREPOINT: THE LAST HANGMAN - Two and one half stars
Klemettila (not further identified) focuses on the period from the 14th century to the early 16th, a period during which the office of the hangman became established in the European penal system; there was an increasing demand for professional executioners as capital and corporal penalties became the responsibility of the state and other public authorities; and the hangman's representation was actively exploited, shaped, and modified for various reasons by various social and cultural groups in various religious and secular contexts.