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Thread #88533 Message #1662792
Posted By: Rapparee
06-Feb-06 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Execution by tying fish on head+bird
Subject: RE: Folklore: Execution by tying fish on head+bird
Isolated communities will make their own punishments when they deem it needful. They are usually closed-mouth and "close"; law enforcement can find it hard or impossible to get information. The killing of Charles Walton (Lower Quinton, 1945) is one example. Another was the shotgunning of a town bully in rural Missouri some years ago -- I don't have the information on it handy, but it received some national attention.
What I've found interesting is that truly "bad" people -- those who would kill without remorse or compunction -- would do it quickly, quietly, and never talk about it, and that they are often (in my experience) some of the nicest people you'd want to meet.