Not long ago, after a botched electric chair execution in Florida (flames shot from the executee’s hood, neeto!) some friends and I got to talking about capitol punishment lore. Like the story that one randomly selected member of a firing squad would get a blank cartrige so that nobody would know if they had actually fired the killing shot (turns out thats true in Utah, go figure) and the number of turns in a hangmans noose.One thing we couldn’t agree on was wheather or not a condemned man went free if the execution diddn’t work because of an “Act of God”.
For example my friend said she’d read a story about a man sentenced to be hanged, but when his time came the gallows trapdoor repeatedly failed to open under him, although every time the executioner tryed it without him on it, it had worked perfectly. So it was deemed “God’s will” and thus he was pardoned. My other friend had the same general story, only he’d heard the rope had repeatedly broken.
It really had that Urban Legend vibe about it, but the AFU site…
…diddn’t have anything to say about it. Anybody know the facts?