By Geoffrey Abbott
From the Yorkshire Witch who used to be accused of homicide whilst a potion for sturdy future health became out to be deadly, to the girl who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away together with her, this e-book comprises macabre actual tales of carried out ladies from worldwide.
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As he approached she looked up and, removing her cap, sat still while he cropped her luxurious black hair. When he had finished she picked up a lock or two of the hair and gave some of it to the artist and the rest to the gaoler, asking that it be given to his wife who had befriended her. 60 T HE U LTIMATE C OLLECTION OF G RISLY T ALES G ALLOWS , G UILLOTINE AND G AS C HAMBER FROM THE Charles-Henri, marvelling at her serenity, handed her the red chemise she was to wear and turned away while she obediently put it on.
Somehow she got her hands free and attacked the hangman, nearly stunning him. Then, turning to the crowds surrounding the scaffold, she tore off her hat and cloak and tossed them as souvenirs to the many outstretched hands. As she was doing so the hangman gathered his wits again and managed to drop the noose over her head – but rather than submitting to be slowly strangled (as usually happened at Tyburn), she threw herself over the side of the cart with such violence that her neck was broken, and she died instantly.
Acting on her statement the police exhumed Wright’s body on no fewer than two occasions but could not substantiate Martha’s accusations. Eva was sent for trial, journalists reporting how the judge had encouraged the all-male jury to play their part in the proceedings by saying, in a somewhat unorthodox way: ‘Don’t think we are locking you up; enjoy yourselves, laugh and talk among yourselves, get lots of exercise. ’ When Eva entered the crowded courtroom she must have realised with horror that she would face the death sentence on learning that her ‘friend’, in order to face a lesser charge of second-degree murder, was prepared to testify against her.
Amazing Stories of Female Executions by Geoffrey Abbott