“Blah blah blah blah blah… Hi, I’ll be your hangman…”

June 1, 2006

So it turns out, back when there were hangmen, not just anybody could qualify to be one. Who knew?

In records just made public in Britain, we learn that applicants for the job were rejected for lots of reasons.  One was considered too morbid — no sense giving the job to somebody who’s going to enjoy it.  Another couldn’t qualify to hang people because of loose morals. 

But the best was the guy who was rejected for being too chatty. Can you imagine? “Hi, I’m Nigel, I’ll be hanging you today. So, how about this weather? You think the frost will hurt the rhubarb? You workin’ hard, or hardly workin?”  Just shut up and pull the lever, Nigel!  noose300.jpg

No noose is good noose. Nata Mullick, a 71-year-old hangman, shows his rope outside his Calcutta home. Mullick had hanged 24 people in his career when this photo was taken, in 1997.

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