Capital Punishment Most Hanging Attempts

About the most hanging attempts in history for one man, a failed attempt at capital punishment.


The Most Hanging Attempts. "The only man in Britain to survive 3 attempts to hang him was John Lee at Exeter Gaol, Devonshire, England, on February, 23, 1885. Lee had been found guilty of murdering, on November 15, 1884, Emma Ann Whitehead Keyse of Babbacombe, who had employed him as a footman. The attempts, in which the executioner, James Berry, failed 3 times to get the trap open, occupied about 7 minutes. Sir William Harcourt, the Home Secretary, commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. After release, Lee emigrated to the U.S. in 1917, was married and lived until 1933."

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