Amazing Stories of female execution by Geoffrey Abbott

By Geoffrey Abbott

From the Yorkshire Witch who was once accused of homicide whilst a potion for stable wellbeing and fitness became out to be deadly, to the girl who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away together with her, this e-book includes macabre actual tales of completed girls from worldwide.

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Alice and sixteen of her accomplices were arrested, Tower records showing that they were incarcerated therein. Dire punishment, that of being drawn and hanged, was administered to seven of the men; Alice was burned at the stake. Women were to blame for most crimes! So said the eighteenth-century edition of the Newgate and Tyburn Register, declaring that ‘If His Majesty would be graciously pleased to let the law operate in its FULL force against women convicts, it would indisputably produce very happy results.

From thence she will be conducted to the Place de Grève, to have her head cut off upon the scaffold. Her body will then be burnt and the ashes thrown to the wind. ’ It was reported that she was then taken to the torture chamber and for seven hours put to the Question. Having been tied hand and foot to a wooden frame, a trestle about two and a half feet high was placed under the small of her back so that her body was strained into an arch. A leather funnel with a metal ring at its narrow end was strapped to her mouth (the water torture) and the Question began.

A transcript of their trial, which took place at Taunton, Somerset, in March 1740, reported that: 32 T HE U LTIMATE C OLLECTION OF G RISLY T ALES G ALLOWS , G UILLOTINE AND G AS C HAMBER FROM THE It was obvious, judging by the suspicions of their neighbours, that both the accused had also committed other murders in the past. Mrs Branch’s husband died under circumstances that led others who lived nearby to believe she had poisoned him and they were convinced that she had hanged her mother, after murdering her, to avoid an investigation into the cause of the death.

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