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August 24, 1751

On August 24, 1751, Englishman Thomas Colley was executed for drowning a witch. Colley was one of the leaders of a mob that seized an elderly couple, John and Ruth Osborne, from a workhouse in Tring, Hertfordshire and accused them of witchcraft. The pair of old people were subjected to dunking at a nearby pond … Continue reading

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July 2, 1976

On July 2, 1976, the US Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual, but could be if you did it right. They recommended that the brazen bull be brought back. That’s where the condemned is placed in a hollow, bronze bull and then a fire is lit under it, … Continue reading

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June 10, 1190

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1190 the famous German Emperor Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Instead of taking the time to go over a mountain on their way to the Crusades, Barbarossa jumped into the Selaph River to prove to his men that they could safely cross it as a short-cut. He drowned within minutes of … Continue reading

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