On a chilly morning on October 31, 1860, Johannes Nathan had a last
look at the watery sun that just peeped through the clouds. Then the rope
pushed his last breath out of his throat and everything went black.
his last thought with his mother-in-law that he had beaten to death on
the road to Sittard? We will never know. We do know, however, that he
was the last person in the Netherlands to be sentenced to death (periods
of war not included). The death penalty was abolished in 1870...
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Although the subject is horrifying, it is also a very interesting piece
of history: torture. It was after all part of our ancestors life.
of them may have experienced it, most other would simply have feared it,
and made sure they stayed out of trouble.
And almost all of them will have
had a look at the public tortures and executions at the central market
of their town.
If you wish to know more about the subject, you could consider reading
one of these books:
The History of Torture and Execution
Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture and execution
If you happen to be in Amsterdam some day, you could also pay a visit
to the Torture
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