from the Executioner - William Marwood
April 22, 1873
the Governor of the Dundee County Prison, this letter from renowned
English-born executioner William Marwood asks that the governor
consider using his services for an upcoming execution in Dundee.
trade a cobbler, designed the scaffold drop platform whereby death
was instantaneous for the hanged person, rather than the slow choking
process which had been commonly used before. His belief that for
humane reasons, criminals should not be choked to death, turned
his attention to developing different methods.