By Declan McHugh
London's strangest and scariest humans and locations are introduced vividly to existence during this stroll throughout the capital's darkish part. that includes serial killers, psychopaths, gangsters, ghosts and martyrs, listed below are fifty precise tales from all corners of town certain to sit back your bones.
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The action would then be repeated in reverse, the woman being fed with some of her lover’s flesh. The procedure, watched by all the villagers, would continue, the executioner prolonging the ordeal by taking care not to sever arteries or cut vital organs with his panga, until one of the victims died. When that occurred, the corpse’s flesh would be fed to the other until he or she also expired. An instance of rather different character took place in the 1930s in the village of Afik-Itu in Nigeria.
In other words, instead of hanging and disembowelling them in full view of the lecherous, gloating spectators, they were to be set on fire. In London the stake was usually erected at Smithfield. The unfortunate woman, usually seated on a stool, was then bound to the stake with either a chain or a noose about her neck, or a witch’s bridle, an iron ring 9 inches in diameter, with a hinged opening enabling it to be locked about her throat and secured to the stake. The kindling and faggots heaped high around her were then ignited.
And they would then be sentenced to be burned alive. The first one to suffer under the dreaded act was William Sautre, a chaplain found guilty of heresy; the Convocation of Canterbury stripped him of his ecclesiastical rank, the Church declaring no further need for him. Accordingly, the mayor and sheriffs of London took over responsibility, and Sautre was taken to a public place, probably Smithfield, and there the sentence was carried out. The burning of heretics was quite a common sight in Tudor times.