|John A.'s Kingston Home, where he lived in 1837 |
Credit: Miscellaneous / Library and Archives Canada / C-004509
|John A Mac, 1842-43 :LAC C-004811|
Droit d'auteur: Périmé
William Brass, the respectable offspring of a Loyalist, was accused of the heinous crime of the rape of an eight-year-old girl. Despite Macdonald's arguments that he was the victim of a conspiracy and insane, the verdict came up guilty and Brass was sentenced to be hung from the neck until he was dead.
Gwyn notes that the circumstances of this punishment were particularly macabre:
"At Brass's execution, the rope proved to be too long and the wretched man fell to the ground from the gibbet, landing in his own coffin. He screamed out, 'You see. I am innocent; this gallows was not meant for me.' The sentence was nevertheless carried out, the second time with a rope of the proper length."