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He cheated on death

Have you ever heard of anyone escaping the ghastly clutches of death sentence consecutively thrice? Yes friends! today we would discuss about a strange incident capsulising a thunder shocking event.

A person who is given death sentence is believed to be going through extreme agonizing mental torment as its time inches closer. But when law also fails to kill a person what would anyone have to say on that? 

John Lee is a man who had a tough fist fight with his cessation. In early England, the government adopted various ways as capital punishment for the convicts. These punishments ranged from  chopping off the body parts to burning them alive. But gradually the legal hands became softer on the defendants and the penalties margined closer to humanity.

In the year 1874, a new way of punishment was designed wherein the convict will be hung by his neck till his death. The joint connecting the neck to the spinal chord will be snapped off giving space to a steady death. The prospect of such death sent chills down a convict's spine. 

John Lee, a murder accused, who was sentenced to this punishment kept repeating his innocence across to the judge. A night before his capital punishment he had said, " If I am not guilty, God will save me."

On the stipulated time next day, he was produced for the execution, but by some strange acts, the door under his feet which was supposed to swing open with the twist of a lever, remained shut. Despite the executioner's scrutiny the problem persisted. The execution hence was called off for the day. The further ramifications were even more strange. Thrice next was the same event unrolled. Executions failed drastically each time.

Finally, when the case was moved to the court's jurisdiction, the panel of jury decided to forgo the death penalty and set John free. According to the judges, each time John was taken for the execution, he died million times inwardly in the anticipation of the imminent death. 

Life surely is full of unprecedented twists. The three things which is not ever to happen before its time are one's  birth, marriage and death. No matter how much effort we put it their trials, the fact remains that WE CANNOT CONTROL THEM. 

-Mimi Mukherjee 


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