Lipstick on the Noose: Martyrs, Murderesses and Madwomen by Geoffrey Abbott

By Geoffrey Abbott

From the Yorkshire Witch who was once accused of homicide whilst a potion for sturdy healthiness grew to become out to be deadly, to the girl who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away together with her, this e-book includes macabre actual tales of performed ladies from around the globe.

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Unlike in Catherine’s case, a rope did Hannah Dagoe a favour. Sentenced to death for robbery in 1763, this strongly built Irishwoman had no intention of going quietly as the cart stopped beneath the Tyburn gallows. Somehow she got her hands free and attacked the hangman, nearly stunning him. Then, turning to the crowds surrounding the scaffold, she tore off her hat and cloak and tossed them as souvenirs to the many outstretched hands. As she was doing so the hangman gathered his wits again and managed to drop the noose over her head – but rather than submitting to be slowly strangled (as usually happened at Tyburn), she threw herself over the side of the cart with such violence that her neck was broken, and she died instantly.

The women were sentenced to die on 3 May 1740, Mrs Branch expressing a wish to be hanged early in the morning before the expectedly large crowd of spectators could assemble. She got up early, called her daughter and told her to get ready, ‘because if they didn’t make haste, the mob would be in on them and they should not be hanged in peace’. m. it was found that one of the gallows’ uprights and the crosspiece had been cut down, probably by vandals rather than by anyone who might have been in sympathy with the two women.

Somehow she got her hands free and attacked the hangman, nearly stunning him. Then, turning to the crowds surrounding the scaffold, she tore off her hat and cloak and tossed them as souvenirs to the many outstretched hands. As she was doing so the hangman gathered his wits again and managed to drop the noose over her head – but rather than submitting to be slowly strangled (as usually happened at Tyburn), she threw herself over the side of the cart with such violence that her neck was broken, and she died instantly.

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