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Subject: History Facts
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 17:24:07 EST
" When multiple murderer Edward Pritchard was hanged on July 28, 1865 he was
wearing a fashionable pair of elastic sided boots. During excavations in the
prison grounds nearly fifty years later, his skeleton was uncovered. Most of
his clothing had rotted away, but his boots remained in pristine condition.
They were promptly stolen."
" Torture instruments suffered by blasphemers and heretics in the Middle
Ages included the iron Mouth Opener, which prevented the victim from closing his
mouth, while the Tongue Tearer, a long pair of tongs, was used to tear the
tongue out by the roots."