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Botched executions

Margaret Pole, the niece of the English king Richard III, so fiercely struggled during her execution which took place in 1541, that the inexperienced executioner had to strike eleven times to decapitate her.


Two blows were required to behead Mary Stuart in 1587. When the executioner lifted the severed head, the hair, which turned out to be a wig, remained in his hand and the body part fell to the ground.

The first hanging in Clayton New Mexico occurred in 1901 and turned out to be an eerie event. As the executioners used a long rope, when the trap door opened the weighty Thomas Ketchum’s head was ripped off due to the long fall.

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