Executions · Newspaper clippings

A descriptive recount of two deaths in the wheel

March 22, 1686
General Patrick Gordon describes the horrors he witnessed in Hamburg of two broken at the wheel, a torture device prevalent at the time

A portion of the entry reads “This day, a man and a woman, a burger of the towne being the womans master, for murthering, were carted from the prisone to the house where the murder was committed; and there before this house, with hotte pinsers, the flesh was torren out of their armes, and from thence were carted to the place of justice without the towne, and there broken and layed on wheeles.”

Source: New York Times
December 30, 1990

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