Morbid Fact Du Jour for February 13, 2018

Today’s Brutal Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On penal flagellation in 18th century England:

Perhaps one of the most brutal floggings on record was Jeffreys’ sentence of Tutchin to seven years’ imprisonment during which he was to be whipped every year through every Dorsetshire town, a sentence which, it was computed, “amounted to a whipping once a fortnight for seven years”. Then there was the whipping of Dangerfield all the way from Aldgate to Newgate, and with such ferocity that he succumbed some days later; there was the flogging of Titus Oates with a six-thonged whip, in accordance with another brutal sentence ordered by the aforementioned sadistic Judge Jeffreys, a flogging which was continued until the prisoner was unable to stand on his feet.

In certain instances, and especially as public feeling against the whipping of women began to be aroused, female floggings were inflicted in the confines of the prison or its grounds. Thus we find at Launceston, in 1792, a woman thief was ordered “to be stripped to the bare back, and privately whip’d until she be bloody”, where at the same time and in the same court, a male whipping was to take place “in the public street”. there was, however, no Government regulation respecting the corporal punishment of women taking place in private, this being left to the discretion of the local authorities concerned, and in many parts of the country publicly performed female floggings continued until the Act was passed which abolished the corporal punishment of woman altogether.

Culled from: The History of Corporal Punishment


The Library Eclectica: Wretched Review

Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI
by Dana Kollmann

Lissa recommended this book for its crazy tales of disgusting crime scene moments, and it did not disappoint in that regard.  There are some disgusting doozies in here!  (I’ve shared one already and I’ll share another soon.)  However, as with most memoirs, there is also a lot of filler that isn’t that interesting to me.  The term “self-indulgent clap-trap” came to mind reading a few paragraphs.  However, considering that my expectations for memoirs are always rather low, and considering a few of the stories are *really* fascinating, it’s definitely worth a read.    


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