Last week, a great article by Anna Gosline about what it feels like to die in various ways made the rounds. Now, on Inky Circus, she's posted a few tidbits that didn't make it into the original article. Such as:
Hangmen were seriously proud people, even verging on cocky. They were professionals and prided themselves on doing their jobs well. They were also kind of famous, especially the English hangmen from the 17 and 1800s. Fun times. I think it might have been cognitive dissonance over how horrid their job actually was - if you could perfect the skill, make the death as clean and painless as possible, it wasn’t really that bad, right? Also, if you drop a man too far (give him too much rope) his head will rip off. Which was just totally embarrassing. For the hangman.