Historic British hangings? There’s an app for that


  • TECH
  • Monday, 17 Jul 2017

LONDON: Want to find your nearest rotting human carcass, strung up for public display? 

Academics from Bristol in southwest England have developed a mobile phone app that alerts walkers when they pass some of the goriest sites from the region's history. 

As part of a project called "Romancing the Gibbet", the University of the West of England has funded a series of audioguides that play excerpts of 250-year-old ballads and court proceedings as listeners pass the scenes of notorious crimes. 

"The extraordinary 18th century practice of hanging and sometimes gibbeting selected felons – exhibiting their bodies to public view in iron cages – at the scene of their crime was intended to leave an indelible and exemplary impression on disorderly villages and small towns," the university said. 

Four murders ranging from 1741 to 1813 feature in the walking tours, which will be launched via a smartphone app on July 20. These include an aristocrat who was strangled by two sailors on his brother's orders over an inheritance dispute, and a woman killed by her cheating husband. 

After being hanged, the body of one of the sailors convicted of murder was put on display in a gibbet on an island at the mouth of the river Avon, which flows through Bristol. 

The body of the murderous husband "was tarred, placed in the iron cage and hung on a 30-ft (9-metre) pole on a hill overlooking his childhood haunts, his parent's cottage ... and the actual crime scene", the university said. 

Britain abolished the death penalty in 1965. — Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Tech News

Ten years ago today, Groupon turned down Google’s US$6bil offer – here’s what’s happened since
Apple Pay targeted in Dutch antitrust probe into payment apps
Intern builds billion-dollar company inspired by mom’s comment
AI paintings of Chinese landscapes pass as human-made 55% of the time, research by Princeton student shows
Google scientist’s abrupt exit exposes rift in prominent AI unit
Dangerously viral: How Trump, supporters spread false claims
Chinese cities target facial recognition to curb abuse of personal data
MCMC: Stay alert and report fake accounts
‘Genshin Impact’ wins best game accolade from Apple and Google, extending China’s winning streak
Trump signs order on principles for US government AI use

Stories You'll Enjoy