‘I am resolved to avoid being made a public spectacle: Suicide and the Scottish criminal body’

Rachel Bennett

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Abstract

Executions in Scotland were intended as public events that went beyond the taking away of an offender’s mortal life. The theatre of the gallows was intended to steep the person’s death in symbolic rituals of power and punishment. However, this chapter will examine cases where condemned malefactors circumvented their state-sanctioned death by taking away their own lives. It will explore the multiple judicial and popular responses prompted by the commission of self-murder and will highlight the contested fate of the suicide criminal body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Death in Scotland
Subtitle of host publicationChapters From the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First
EditorsPeter C. Jupp, Hilary J. Grainger
PublisherPeter Lang
Chapter8
ISBN (Electronic)9781789972702
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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