In search of distraction, I picked up this rich dark film, which is based on the autobiography of the best-known of the UK’s twentieth century hangmen.  The ethics of execution and the technicalities of drop hanging made a strange counterpoint to the subtleties of ironing fitted sheets.

Not the ideal film to watch just before bedtime.  But it distracted me all right.


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    • It looks fascinating because people assume such men were monsters, but there are lots of cases of botched executions which were truly horrific, so doing it well was a mercy. Executioners could not change the laws or free people but they could reduce the suffering, both of the victim and of those left behind. It’s like being the captain of a slave ship- some of them took pride in getting all the slaves safely to their destination, but it is generally assumed they were all monsters too.

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