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Hangmen

Hangmen

  • Author: Martin McDonagh
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571328881
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 96
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I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint. In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit. Don't worry. I may have my quirks but I'm not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss. Martin McDonagh's Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015.

Stalin and His Hangmen

Stalin and His Hangmen

The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him

  • Author: Donald Rayfield
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0307431835
  • Category: History
  • Page: 592
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Stalin did not act alone. The mass executions, the mock trials, the betrayals and purges, the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Union during the three decades of Stalin’s dictatorship, were the result of a tight network of trusted henchmen (and women), spies, psychopaths, and thugs. At the top of this pyramid of terror sat five indispensable hangmen who presided over the various incarnations of Stalin’s secret police. Now, in his harrowing new book, Donald Rayfield probes the lives, the minds, the twisted careers, and the unpunished crimes of Stalin’s loyal assassins. Founded by Feliks Dzierzynski, the Cheka–the Extraordinary Commission–came to life in the first years of the Russian Revolution. Spreading fear in a time of chaos, the Cheka proved a perfect instrument for Stalin’s ruthless consolidation of power. But brutal as it was, the Cheka under Dzierzynski was amateurish compared to the well-oiled killing machines that succeeded it. Genrikh Iagoda’s OGPU specialized in political assassination, propaganda, and the manipulation of foreign intellectuals. Later, the NKVD recruited a new generation of torturers. Starting in 1938, terror mastermind Lavrenti Beria brought violent repression to a new height of ingenuity and sadism. As Rayfield shows, Stalin and his henchmen worked relentlessly to coerce and suborn leading Soviet intellectuals, artists, writers, lawyers, and scientists. Maxim Gorky, Aleksandr Fadeev, Alexei Tolstoi, Isaak Babel, and Osip Mandelstam were all caught in Stalin’s web–courted, toyed with, betrayed, and then ruthlessly destroyed. In bringing to light the careers, personalities, relationships, and “accomplishments” of Stalin’s key henchmen and their most prominent victims, Rayfield creates a chilling drama of the intersection of political fanaticism, personal vulnerability, and blind lust for power spanning half a century. Though Beria lost his power–and his life–after Stalin’s death in 1953, the fundamental methods of the hangmen maintained their grip into the second half of the twentieth century. Indeed, Rayfield argues, the tradition of terror, far from disappearing, has emerged with renewed vitality under Vladimir Putin. Written with grace, passion, and a dazzling command of the intricacies of Soviet politics and society, Stalin and the Hangmen is a devastating indictment of the individuals and ideology that kept Stalin in power. From the Hardcover edition.

Two Hangmen, One Scaffold Book II

Two Hangmen, One Scaffold Book II

  • Author: Basil Diki
  • Publisher: African Books Collective
  • ISBN: 995672646X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 328
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When a correlation emerges between a prophecy and a police investigation, and a kidnapper maintains his presence at a crime scene, a woman dreads the passage of time. She cannot understand why a man set an innocent teenager on fire and kidnapped her son. The kidnapped boy's father knows when two warring hangmen stand on the same scaffold, one must bow to the other or die. Into the fray comes a game ranger, an ex-decathlete expert at tracking man-eating crocodiles. However, a Senator twice his age counting her fertility days desperately wants him in bed. She isn't aware her sweetheart is in the belly of a world no criminologist can understand. As mayhem takes centre-stage in a community suffering the brunt of a veiled matrix of calamities, is the ranger further bait, a weapon or a sacrificial ram between crouching outlaws?

Montana's Righteous Hangmen

Montana's Righteous Hangmen

The Vigilantes in Action

  • Author: Llewellyn Link Callaway
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 9780806129129
  • Category: History
  • Page: 356
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This is the story of Montana Territory in the last half of the nineteenth century, when a massive influx of gold seekers brought murderers and robbers into the region and forced the creation of an organization of law-abiding citizens known as the Vigilantes. Led by Captain James Williams, the Vigilantes sought to stop the blatant activities of more than fifty road agents in the Bannack-Virginia City mining area, who were secretly directed and protected by a local sheriff, Henry Plummer. The first instance of taking the law into their own hands occurred when an impromptu group of men captured, tried, and hanged one notorious killer, George Ives. Thereafter, with public approval, the Vigilantes continued to ride across the land, bringing swift retribution to all wrongdoers. Lew L. Callaway, who grew up knowing Captain Williams as a friend to his father, herein recounts the stories of such famous episodes as the trial of Ives and the controversial capture and hanging of Joseph A. Slade, who was carrying the severed ears of one of his victims in his pocket on the day he was hanged. More than a history of the bloody era that spawned the Vigilantes, this is the story of life in Montana Territory, of gold fever, Indian warfare, and the cattle empire that ended, along with Captain Williams’s life, in the disastrous winter of 1887.

This Weather of Hangmen

This Weather of Hangmen

  • Author: Sylvia Adams
  • Publisher: GeneralStore PublishingHouse
  • ISBN: 9781896182643
  • Category: Kitley (Ont.)
  • Page: 268
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The hangmen of England

The hangmen of England

How they hanged and whom they hanged. The life story of "Jack Ketch" through two centuries

  • Author: Horace Bleackley
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Capital punishment
  • Page: 271
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The Hangmen of England

The Hangmen of England

How They Hanged and Whom They Hanged : the Life Story of "Jack Ketch" Through Two Centuries

  • Author: Horace Bleackley
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9780715811849
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
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Hangman

Hangman

From Ketch to Pierrepoint - 300 Years of Execution

  • Author: Brian J. Bailey
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Capital punishment
  • Page: 257
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For well over 300 years, the chilling figure of the hangman has fascinated and revolted in turns. Even the sinister shape of the gallows and the noose fade in comparison with the men who carried out the penalty. This book tells the story of the men who put capital punishment into practice.

Launched Into Eternity

Launched Into Eternity

Crime and Punishment, Hitmen and Hangmen

  • Author: David Leslie
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 1785301683
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 336
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When the crowd gathered to see the hangman launching teenager Robert Smith into eternity on a wet Tuesday in 1868, it was the last time this public spectacle would be witnessed in Scotland. Smith's crime was heinous, his public punishment brutal. And, finally, it was the end of a tragic public theatre which had drawn eager, baying crowds for more than a thousand years. Launched Into Eternity is a fascinating account of crime and public punishment in Scotland. From bloody Viking penalties to the execution of William Wallace, and from witch hunts and public drownings to the horrific execution in 1820 of three Scots Radicals whose crime was to campaign for a fairer deal for the downtrodden, this is an astonishing and macabre story. But it is perhaps less surprising when you consider that by 1800, judges had the authority to hand out the death penalty for more than 200 separate offences. Times have undoubtedly changed for the better, but the shadows of our history offer a fascinating insight into the brutality of life and the public punishments of the past.

Hades' Hangmen - Styx

Hades' Hangmen - Styx

  • Author: Tillie Cole
  • Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
  • ISBN: 3736308116
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 487
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Auf der Flucht vor ihrer Vergangenheit, betritt sie eine Welt, von der sie sich immer fernhalten sollte ... Eine leblose junge Frau vor dem Hauptquartier seines MCs zu finden hat River "Styx" Nash gerade noch gefehlt. Seit er mit nur 26 Jahren völlig überraschend zum Anführer der Hades' Hangmen wurde, hat er genug damit zu tun, seine Position vor seinen Brüdern zu behaupten und seinen Feinden die Stirn zu bieten. Von Geburt an ohne Stimme kein leichtes Unterfangen. Gewalt und Unnahbarkeit sind Styx' Sprache. Seit er denken kann, lässt er niemanden wirklich an sich heran. Doch als die schöne Mae plötzlich die Augen aufschlägt, weiß er augenblicklich, dass er diesen Blick schon einmal gesehen hat. Dass er ihr schon einmal begegnet ist. Dass sie eine der wenigen Menschen ist, mit denen er sprechen kann - und dass er sie nie wieder gehen lassen wird! "Ich liebe alles an diesem Buch! Diese Geschichte zeigt Tillie Coles unglaubliches Talent!" Totally Booked Blog Band 1 der düster-sinnlichen Hades'-Hangmen-Reihe von USA-Today-Bestseller-Autorin Tillie Cole

Pierrepoint

Pierrepoint

A Family of Executioners

  • Author: Steven Fielding
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing
  • ISBN: 1843585634
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 330
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Between them, the three men in the fearsome Pierrepoint dynasty executed over 800 people during a career spanning more than half a century. Henry, his brother Thomas, and his son Albert, dispatched some of the most infamous criminals of the 20th century, and in the process earned a public notoriety that followed them throughout their eventful lives.For years, the three men were faced with the task -- prestigious to some, horrific to many others -- of being the last point of contact for the guilty and condemned. The Pierrepoints executed criminals the nation over before travelling to many countries including Egypt and postwar Germany, where they hanged Nazi war criminals, and gained a reputation as the world's most deadly practitioners of the art of hanging."Pierrepoint: A Family of Executioners" recounts the intriguing stories of the three men and the effect that their macabre occupation had on their personal lives. This definitive guide is filled with shocking inside tales from the official records and diaries kept by the Pierrepoint family. With revealing insights into the intense rivalry between fellow executioners, new light is shed on the menacing world of years gone by.

13 Hangmen

13 Hangmen

  • Author: Art Corriveau
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • ISBN: 1613123590
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 352
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“Some people won’t believe any of this story. You might be one of them. But every single word is true. Tony DiMarco does catch a murderer, solve a mystery, and find a treasure—all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same time is not a coincidence.” So begins the story of Tony and his friends—five 13-year-old boys, all of whom are living in the same house in the same attic bedroom but at different times in history! None are ghosts, all are flesh and blood, and somehow all have come together in the attic room, visible only to one another. And all are somehow linked to a murder, a mystery, and a treasure. Praise for 13 Hangmen"Fascinating tale. Ghostly fun in old Boston."--Kirkus Reviews "The book’s design nicely differentiates Tony’s story, set in 2009, from the past narratives. Recommend this engaging historical mystery to readers who devoured Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventures series and are ready for a longer, more complex adventure." --Booklist "Corriveau merrily ransacks historical episodes and figures (e.g., the Great Molasses Flood, the Underground Railroad, Boston mayor John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald) and spins, twists, and manipulates their stories to advance the DiMarco family mystery. The result is a novel that agilely balances humor and tension." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "This is an exceptionally good story, with a wry, humorous tone that has particular boy appeal. It covers baseball, history, sibling rivalry, girls, and mystery, and folds in the space-time continuum." --School Library Journal

The Hangmen of San Sabal

The Hangmen of San Sabal

  • Author: Ray Hogan
  • Publisher: Gunsmoke Westerns
  • ISBN: 9781405680202
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 124
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Written by Ray Hogan. Oliver for a killing he hadn't committed. Admittedly he was an ex-convict, but he was now back on the straight and narrow-so why were the robbery and death of a banker being blamed on him? Oliver had to slip through the fingers of the posse and find out, he needed to trap the real culprit. Although he was wounded, he was aided by pretty rancher Julie Carr, and he might just have a chance of escaping the clutches of the hangmen.

Hangings and Hangmen at Usk Prison

Hangings and Hangmen at Usk Prison

A Cautionary Tale

  • Author: Godfrey Brangham
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781905967148
  • Category: Executions and executioners
  • Page: 120
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Die Henkerstochter / Die Henkerstochter und der schwarze Mönch

Die Henkerstochter / Die Henkerstochter und der schwarze Mönch

Zwei historische Romane in einem E-Book

  • Author: Oliver Pötzsch
  • Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
  • ISBN: 3843714819
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 1038
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Die beiden ersten historischen Romane der Reihe in einem E-Book Bundle! Band 1. Die Henkerstochter Kurz nach dem Dreißigjährigen Krieg wird in der bayerischen Stadt Schongau ein sterbender Junge aus dem Lech gezogen. Eine Tätowierung deutet auf Hexenwerk hin und sofort beschuldigen die Schongauer die Hebamme des Ortes. Der Henker Jakob Kuisl soll ihr unter Folter ein Geständnis entlocken, doch er ist überzeugt: die alte Frau ist unschuldig. Unterstützt von seiner Tochter Magdalena und dem jungen Stadtmedicus macht er sich auf die Suche nach dem Täter. Band 2. Die Henkerstochter und der schwarze Mönch Schongau 1660: Der Pfarrer der Lorenzkirche wurde vergiftet. Mit letzter Kraft konnte er noch ein Zeichen geben, das zu einem uralten Templergrab in der Krypta führt. Dort entdecken der Henker Jakob Kuisl, seine Tochter Magdalena und der Medicus Simon rätselhafte Hinweise auf einen Templerschatz. Der Mörder des Pfarrers ist dem Geheimnis längst auf der Spur, aber auch eine brutale Räuberbande hat davon erfahren. Ein gnadenloser Wettlauf beginnt.

Hangmen Also Die

Hangmen Also Die

  • Author: Esiaba Irobi
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nigeria
  • Page: 93
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Hitler's Hangman

Hitler's Hangman

The Life of Heydrich

  • Author: Robert Gerwarth
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300177461
  • Category: Czechoslovakia
  • Page: 393
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Reinhard Heydrich is widely recognized as one of the great iconic villains of the twentieth century, an appalling figure even within the context of the Nazi leadership. Chief of the Nazi Criminal Police, the SS Security Service, and the Gestapo, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Bohemia and Moravia, and leading planner of the "Final Solution," Heydrich played a central role in Hitler's Germany. He shouldered a major share of responsibility for some of the worst Nazi atrocities, and up to his assassination in Prague in 1942, he was widely seen as one of the most dangerous men in Nazi Germany. Yet Heydrich has received remarkably modest attention in the extensive literature of the Third Reich. Robert Gerwarth weaves together little-known stories of Heydrich's private life with his deeds as head of the Nazi Reich Security Main Office. Fully exploring Heydrich's progression from a privileged middle-class youth to a rapacious mass murderer, Gerwarth sheds new light on the complexity of Heydrich's adult character, his motivations, the incremental steps that led to unimaginable atrocities, and the consequences of his murderous efforts toward re-creating the entire ethnic makeup of Europe.

A Coin for the Hangman

A Coin for the Hangman

  • Author: Ralph Spurrier
  • Publisher: Bookline & Thinker
  • ISBN: 0993287476
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 266
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Booksellers never know what they might find in an estate sale. When our man finds the tools of one of England's last hangmen, along with the diary of a condemned man he executed - a diary that points the finger in a disturbing direction - he knows he has a mystery to solve. Was there a miscarriage of British justice? Did the wrong man die at the noose?

The Last Hangman

The Last Hangman

  • Author: Peter Nutty
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 1456786261
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 364
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The Last Hangman reveals the gruesome secret of three oil executives more than thirty years after they hung two defenseless black people during their racially-motivated and wild, teenage drink and drugs days in Texas. Following a series of self-inflicted catastrophes that occur in their succesful Nigerian oil and gas operations facilities, where local tribal affairs and pleads of help were senselessly ignored by the oil company, the top Execs are in deep trouble. The company had invested heavily and to make amends the three men make some disastrous decisions that lead the reader into a web of bribery, lies, murder, and deceit in an intriguing attempt to cover their wrong doings. Contract murders are in place and it's a battle for survival.