Details and dates of executions in Wales when the hangman was seen as bringer of Justice. Whether for or against capital punishment, this serves as an interesting look back. Includes Carmarthen and Swansea records of hangings including the last men to meet the gallows in Wales.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
The Poet Executioner
This is the poem sent by hangman James Berry to the condemned man he was about to put to death:
My brother - sit and think, While yet on earth some hours are left to thee. Kneel to thy God who does not from thee shrink And lay thy sins on Christ, who died for thee.
This was taken from The Hangman's Record, vol.1, 1868 - 1899.