Friday, June 16, 2017

Wrong Punishment On Freaky Friday...!

England was very, very strict about their policies in regards to thefts in the old days. Age and the actual crime didn't seem to figure into things at all.

Michael Hammond



The English in 1708 were quite serious about hanging people for their crimes, no matter what the crime or the age of the person committing it. This lack of compassion, in addition to their issues with theft, led to the hanging of seven-year-old Michael Hammond and his 11-year-old sister, Ann.

King’s Lynn resident Michael is the youngest recorded person to be hanged for a felony offense, and his crime was reportedly stealing a loaf of bread. There’s no denying that stealing is wrong, but no one seemed to take into account during his trial or public hanging that the thief was only a young child.

I'm thinking that taking the kids out behind the shed for a good spanking would have been punishment enough for stealing a loaf of bread. Hanging a 7 year old seems a bit much to me!

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

2 comments:

linda m said...

Talk about cruel punishment that takes the cake. The kids were probably starving and only wanted some food. So glad we have changed our way of thinking. As you said - a spanking behind the woodshed would have been sufficient. Have a great weekend.

JO said...

They were some very cruel people back then. And like Linda said they no doubt were starving.

I won't mind some patio time.