Today in History-1885... A man was sentenced to death for the murder of a woman he worked for. He continuously claimed his innocence. Mr. Lee (the convicted) stood upon the gallows to have his hanging execution performed. When the lever to drop the floor out from under him was pulled, nothing happened. The Gallows were tested several times. He was taken to his fate again, the lever pulled, and, again, nothing happened. More tests...Mr. Lee, again lead to complete the directed execution, the lever pulled again...and he remained on the platform.
The powers that be were dumbfounded, ascribed the miracle as an act of God, commuted Mr. Lee's sentence to life. After 22 years, he was released and he emigrated to the United States. And died at the age of 80 in 1945.
What happened at the gallows was never discovered. And the 'Act of God' execution stay has never been instituted again.
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