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HANGMAN. The name usually given to a man employed by the sheriff to put a man to death, according to law, in pursuance of a judgment of a competent court, and lawful warrant. The same as executioner. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Through the hangman's eyes, the book ultimately asks what it means to end a life.
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Dundee-born Kidd, who sailed vast tracts of the world's oceans, from the Caribbean to Madagascar, and was said to have tortured prisoners with cutlasses, almost escaped the hangman when the rope broke but eventually met his doom at the second attempt.
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in his book, Twilight of the Idols, that there was a certain "metaphysical" nature to the hangman. He wrote that the condemned was a discrete self who was the independent source of punishment they were about to receive; the noose is merely an instrument to do the bidding of its administrators; and public discourse absolved the agents of the law and vilified the condemned.
The hangman started working as an executioner seven years ago and was trained for the job while serving a 30-year murder sentence - passed down when he was aged only 16 - for murder.
But in the 1960s, the MLJ heroes returned--some, like the Hangman, now inexplicably as villains--as the Mighty Crusaders.
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Back in England, the Year of the Hangman, 1777, finds the lazy and spoiled 15-year-old Creighton Brown in bad company, drinking and losing money at cards.
At the Water Gate he was met by the hangman, transferred to the hangman's cart and tied to the seat, to be taken through the streets to the Tolbooth prison.