It’s crime doesn’t pay day on the Almanac of Absurdities. On this date in 1792, a highwayman by the name of Nicholas Pelltier was the first convict ever to be executed by a Guillotine. As monstrous as the Guillotine might sound, it should be known that the original intention of the device as a means of swift, uniform and merciful capital punishment…certainly a better means than the previous standard procedure, the Catherine Wheel, which basically beat a convict to death. The move toward a more humane method was initiated by King Louis the Sixteenth, of France who appointed a committee headed up by his doctor and many other dignitaries of the era including another Physician by the name of Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. The actual prototype was created by a German Engineer, and interestingly enough a Harpsichord builder named Tobias Schmidt. They tried it on Pelltier on this date. It worked. Later…It also worked on King Louis the Sixteenth. On this date in 1889 in Ventura California, One Jim McCarthy Robbed the Collins and Sons Bank in Ventura, after tying his getaway horse to a wagon wheel. During the heist, the horse got his reins hopelessly trapped under the weight of the wheel. Mc Carthy was still struggling to get the horse free when Sheriff John Snodgrass came up to arrest him. Crime Doesn’t Pay.
Album Notes: Grateful Acknowledgments to Mike Koenig, and Drum 8. “Sinfonia # 5” and “Cattails” Written and Performed by Kevin McLeod, Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ and used here by permission, and with appreciation and thanks. Some audio may be used under the Fair Use Doctrine.