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A fifth, Louis Lingg, cheated the hangman by killing himself in prison.
James caused it to be burned by the common hangman, and forbade its perusal under the 'severest penalties, complaining bitterly at the same time to Philip III.
It appeared in 1751, but because of its Jacobite sentiments, it was burnt by the public hangman in Edinburgh.
Albert Pierrepoint was, by far, Britain's most prolific hangman.
The victim was a condemned murderer; the man paid to strangle him was the common hangman.
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