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Capital punishment seemed to have been regenerated from the beginning of mankind where beheading was considered an honorable method of meeting death whereas hanging carried with it a definite stigma The era of public hanging was emotionally satisfying even though the surroundings was emotionally tense In contrast to private hangings where they were fewer observers less theatrical from the accuse and hanging was becoming more of an inhuman punishment to inflict on those found guilty of their crime Both forms of hangings were though to be an effective way of preventing individuals from committing a crime Capital punishment seemed morally acceptable to the public and there were individuals who were willing to carry out the execution From the books Hang By the Neck Hanging in the Balance and The trail of the Dinosaur gives descriptions of public and private hangings the responsibilities of the hangman and the general reaction of the public who were for and againts hangings In the days of public hangings gallows or scaffolds were rather crude contraptions Early contraptions consisted of two post in the ground with a cross-piece between them from which the victim swung As the years passed by a second contraption was invented a single stout post with a timber nailed at a right angle at the top with supporting boards attached A third contraption was made which was a platform erected nine or more feet from the ground in the middle of which was a trap door which swung upon hinges This latest invention was commonly used towards the end of public hangings In private hangings the same contraption was used but the individual were taken down a lot quicker for their was no need to display the executed to curious observer Public executions were grim and was a disgusting spectacle to the accuses family and close friends but for most individuals it was a time to rejoice and to celebrate When
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