For years I have been fascinated with hanging. Yes, I realize how morbid that sounds, and no I never tortured animals or smaller children in my youth or any other time for that matter. I am talking about the hanging you see in old western movies where bad guys are dealt with at the end of a trial. The act of hanging is both brutal and efficient. The quickness of someone simply taking a short fall into oblivion almost makes the act itself a little less horrific – that is if you can discount the cause of their actual demise and overlook the sound that must accompany their bodies reaching the end of the rope as it were.
I may get some push back on this post, but there are times when I feel our justice system is too complicated, corrupt, and doesn’t do one thing that it was designed to do and that acts as a deterrent. Trials go on for years, appeals spawn other appeals, and the whole time we are paying for criminals to get an education, to have access to the internet, to workout, and learn other crimes. In some cases, a simple length of rope would be faster, more efficient, infinitely cheaper, and would bring back the public execution that surely would act as a deterrent again. Nothing like watching some bad men hung in the public square to make you think twice about killing someone.
Before I get the angry emails about how many people have been found innocent and are exonerated by DNA evidence let me clarify what I am referring to. I realize that the death sentence isn’t applicable for every crime and I am not suggesting otherwise. I am not advocating we round up some people we think are guilty and find a tall oak tree. I am also not advocating any violence against any person for any reasons other than the proper (community agreed) dispensation of justice after a fair, open, and legitimate trial by elected representatives. I am not advocating lynching or terrorizing anyone with this post.
On the other hand in a TEOTWAWKI world which is one we frequently hypothesize about on The Prepper Journal and other survival blogs – if we are to have some semblance of order we will have to have justice. If society and our framework of government are destroyed, who will dispense with justice? Will we have jails for someone to serve life in prison? Who would pay for that to happen in the first place if we are all scratching to survive? If the grid ever collapses, one way to prevent violence or brutality is to punish those who visit violence upon our community. Hanging might make a comeback.
This is all a theoretical exercise I know but for anyone who was curious like me of how to tie a hangman’s noose, I found the following video. If nothing else, you can learn how to tie this famous knot. You never know if you will need to use it one day.