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1928 gallows discovered in an old barn

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#16    shrooma

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:21 PM

i'm not sure about public executions, but I reckon the stocks would make a good deterrent, nobody likes public humiliation after all.....
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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:40 PM

 shrooma, on 16 May 2013 - 07:21 PM, said:

i'm not sure about public executions, but I reckon the stocks would make a good deterrent, nobody likes public humiliation after all.....
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Very true, that WAS a deterrent, to it's extent.

Who would like being in stocks, then hit in the face both with sticks and fruit, peed-on and so forth.

Problem is, it never really deterred the "criminal" mentality. Just made the criminal mentality more "secret"


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:18 PM

 Kowalski, on 16 May 2013 - 05:23 PM, said:

Really? So was it common back then to do that? I've never heard of it before actually...

Found the Mencken story: it starts at the last paragraph on the page, beginning "There was, however one exception...." I should warn people that Mencken's prose, being representative of his time, is not for the racially sensitive.

http://books.google....orphine&f=false





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