Just a ridiculously quick story today, found on Futility Closet here.
"In 1803, Australian Joseph Samuel was sentenced to hang for murder. The first attempt failed when the rope broke. A replacement rope stretched, letting Samuel's feet touch the ground. And the third rope broke.
"So they let him go."
Either it's a statistical anomaly, divine intervention, or SHODDY ROPE-MAKING.
I feel like I've heard another story somewhere where they attempted to execute a felon four times and each time something saved him, so they let him go. Anyone able to link me to that story?