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These gallows in Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park are maintained by Arizona State Parks.
These gallows in Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park are maintained by Arizona State Parks.
Historic gallows near Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Historic gallows near Visby, Gotland, Sweden

A gallows is a frame, typically wooden, used for execution by hanging. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1530x1800, 305 KB)Gallows in Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, AZ. Taken 8/12/03 by Pretzelpaws with a Canon 10D camera and cropped using the Gimp. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1530x1800, 305 KB)Gallows in Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, AZ. Taken 8/12/03 by Pretzelpaws with a Canon 10D camera and cropped using the Gimp. ... Arizona State Parks is the name of the state agency that manages the state parks system of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2690x1737, 614 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gallows Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2690x1737, 614 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gallows Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1552, 1880 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gallows Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2288x1552, 1880 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gallows Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create... Auschwitz, Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau, KL Auschwitz, Nazi German Concentration Camp of Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi German extermination camps, along with a number of concentration camps, comprising three main camps and 40 to 50 sub-camps. ... Suicide by hanging. ...


A gallows can take several forms. The simplest (as often used in the game "Hangman") resembles an inverted "L", with a single upright and a horizontal beam to which the rope noose would be attached. In other designs, the horizontal crossbeam is supported at both ends. The infamous Tyburn gallows was triangular in plan, with three uprights and three crossbeams, allowing up to 24 criminals to be executed along all three sides. The apparatus can be permanent, as a deterrent and grim symbol of the power of high justice (indeed the French word for gallows, potence, stems from the Latin potentia, "power"). Many old prints of British and European cities show such a permanent gallows erected on a prominent hill outside the walls, or more commonly near the castle or other seat of justice and alan millican sucks on big floppy donkey dick. In the modern era the gallows were often installed inside a prison; freestanding on a scaffold in the yard, erected at ground level over a pit, enclosed in a small shed of stone, brick or wood, built into the gallery of a prison wing (with beam in brackets on opposite walls), or in a purpose-built execution suite of rooms within the wing and close to the condemned cell. Gallows can also be temporary. In some cases, they were even moved to the location of the crime. For example, if a crime took place inside a building, the criminal may be hanged near the front door. In some cases of multiple offenders it was not uncommon to erect multiple gallows, even one noose per condemned criminal after the trial. Hangman is a paper and pencil guessing game for two players. ... Tyburn was a former village in the county of Middlesex which now forms part of Londons City of Westminster. ... HIGH, MIDDLE AND LOW JUSTICE are notions dating from Western feudalism to indicate descending degrees of judiciary power to administer justice by the maximal punishment the holders could inflict upon their subjects and other dependents. ...


Hanging people from early gallows sometimes involved fitting the noose around the person's neck while he or she was on a ladder or in a horse-drawn cart underneath. Removing the ladder or driving the cart away left the person dangling by the neck to slowly strangle. Later, a "scaffold" with a trap-door tended to be used, meaning that victims dropped down and died quickly from a broken neck rather than through strangulation, especially if extra weights were fixed to their ankles. A human neck. ... A trapdoor is a door set into a floor or ceiling (depending on what side of the door one is on). ...


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Gibbet is a term applied to several different devices used in the capital punishment of criminals and/or the deterrence of potential criminals. ... // Dule or Dool trees in Britain were used for public hangings (Rodger 2006). ...

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gallows: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (703 words)
A gallows is a frame, typically wooden, used for execution by hanging, and hence a metaphor for that capital punishment.
The infamous Tyburn gallows was triangular in plan, with three uprights and three crossbeams, allowing criminals to be executed along all three sides.
The gallows may be inside a prison so the condemned sees and or hears his or her imminent death taking physical shape, or so that the public is not disgusted by the execution.
Gallows - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (331 words)
These gallows in Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park are maintained by Arizona State Parks.
A gallows is a frame, typically wooden, used for execution by hanging.
The infamous Tyburn gallows was triangular in plan, with three uprights and three crossbeams, allowing up to 24 criminals to be executed along all three sides.
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