Jack Ketch


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Jack Ketch

An executioner, particularly for deaths by hanging. John Ketch was a real hangman in 17th-century England. If I lose this account, my boss is going to become Jack Ketch—I'm doomed.
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It took its name from real-life executioner Jack Ketch, who was employed by King Charles II and famously botched the 1680s beheading of Lord Russell and the Duke of Monmouth.
is releasing Top of the Flocks, an album of tracks from British composer Jack Ketch, aimed at boosting hen happiness, relaxation and productivity.
Another member of the cast, Joey the clown, was based on the real life "super clown" Joseph Grimaldi, while another popular occasional addition at the time was The Hangman, based on real hangman Jack Ketch.
The pamphlet entitled The Tyburn Ghost records the destruction of the Tyburn gallows in 1678 by 'certain evil-spirits' and adds a lamentation 'for the loss of his shop', supposedly spoken by the executioner Jack Ketch (d.
Derrick was outdone in the 1670s by Jack Ketch whose triple tree gallows could simultaneously dispatch a full two dozen.
I like the Jack Ketch and the Crowman LP, Acropolis Now by Thee Caesars, The 107 tapes and In Germany by Thee Milkshakes, Captain Collipso's Hoodoo Party by the Black Hands, Heavens to Murgatroyd by Thee Headcoats, and Steady the Buffs by the Buff Medways, which we haven't recorded yet and which will sell the most.
He fails to grasp Sam's joke: "`No, no regular rotation, as Jack Ketch said, wen he tied the men up"' by failing to note that Jack Ketch is the generic name of the hangman (p.