Monday, January 13, 2014

Pirate Facts Seven

Hanging was the most common execution method for pirates. A short rope hanging was sometimes used to ensure a slow and painful death. Use of a long rope was much more common which brought a quick death by breaking the neck or severing the spinal cord. Mass hangings were done at gallows for public viewing. It was common for the gallows to accommodate ten hangings at once and they were sometimes expanded to hang as many as 24 at a time. 

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