October 22nd, 2008 Headsman
Executed Today’s Guide to Halloween, Part II (Click here for Part I.)
Not enough time to assemble an individual masterpiece to play Halloween make-believe? Looking at that off-the-rack costume, that witch outfit from last year, and sighing that it’ll have to do?
Let Executed Today help you go from so generic to sui generis with a horrible backstory that adds conversation-starting depth to the most bland of disguises.
The Halloween standby has a few hundred thousand real-life executions of which we’ve covered a bare handful.
Anne de Chartraine, a Walloon teenager burnt for witchcraft during the Thirty Years’ War, makes a good characterization of the classic black-hat-and-broomstick outfit.
Avast, ye sea-dog — there be more pirates than Blackbeard.
For the whole centurion look, call yourself Sejanus and start settling scores.
There are many military looks for many times and places, of course, lots of them liable to be politically touchy in the wrong crowd.
More formally equipped modern-ish choices of various different lands include Francisco Caamano, Breaker Morant, Mikhael Tukhachevsky, Claus von Stauffenberg, Dmytro Bilinchuk, Emil August Fieldorf, and Theophile Maupas et al.
This blog will always have a special place at the stake for supposed real-life lycanthrope Peter Stubbe, the “Werewolf of Bedburg” who was profiled in our very first post: he was executed October 31, 1589.
Of course, there is one ubiquitous character in these pages — and his face isn’t always well-hidden.
Klutzy Brit Jack Ketch, prolific French Revolution headsman Sanson, U.S. President Grover Cleveland and (helpfully, for Halloween) flamboyantly costumed Italian executioner Mastro Titta are among the famous characters to tread the scaffold boards.
Creative Commons pumpkin image courtesy of fabbio
Also on this date
- 1865: Johnson Speed, arson bystander
- 1941: Forty-eight French hostages
- 2008: Wang Zhendong, ant profiteer
- 1789: The murderers of the baker Francois
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