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"On this Day in American History"

Comment .... They called it a Miracle. I call it a stoke of luck.. His real name was John Babbacombe Lee. Not that it makes any difference... Irony is that after the attempted hanging he went to prison 22 years then immigrated to America.. Get it now... We have been taking people good or bad for years...I don't think Mr. Trump would have let Mr. Lee come here now...

On this day in 1885, a 19-year-old man named John Lee is sent to the gallows in Exeter, England, for the murder of Ellen Keyse, a rich older woman for whom he had worked. Although he insisted he was innocent, Lee had been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. However, after the noose was put around his neck and the lever that would release the floor beneath his feet was pulled, something malfunctioned and Lee was not dropped.Strangely, the equipment had been tested and found to be in working order. In facts, weights used in a test run plunged to the ground as expected.The hanging was attempted two more times, but when Lee stood on the trap door, and the lever was pulled, nothing happened. He was then sent back to prison. On November 15, 1884, Keyse, who had been a maid to Queen Victoria, was found dead in a pantry next to Lee’s room. Her head was severely battered and her throat cut. There was no direct evidence of Lee’s guilt; the case was made solely on circumstantial evidence. The alleged motive was Lee’s resentment at Keyse’s mean treatment. The authorities, mystified at the gallows’ inexplicable malfunction, decided to ascribe it to an act of God. Lee was removed from death row, his sentence commuted, and he spent the next 22 years in prison. After he was released, he emigrated to America. The cause of Lee’s remarkable reprieve was never discovered. Condemned prisoners no longer have a chance at such reprieves. Even when there are mishaps in carrying out an execution (in one case, an executioner failed to properly find a vein for a lethal injection), authorities follow through until the prisoner has been put to death.


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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 24th, 2017 10:21 am (UTC)
So, was a criminal sent to your country or not? I guess we will never know.
Feb. 24th, 2017 01:01 pm (UTC)
After his release he emigrated to America. Whatever that means.. Sounds like he took off and left his past behind him..
Feb. 25th, 2017 11:03 am (UTC)
A lot of people did that in those days. Just as people reinvented themselves here!
Feb. 24th, 2017 11:44 am (UTC)
I dunno. He wasn't Muslim, Mexican, or Jewish. If he registered Republican and joined the NRA, I think he'd have been fine.

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
That's fine.. The way the world is now.. You never know.. If we don't smile we are in huge trouble..
Feb. 24th, 2017 02:25 pm (UTC)
That's very true. There are some days when a smile is all we have left to call our own.
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