By Douglas Skelton
Most killers are males. yet by no means flip your again on a girl. homicide, insanity and maliciousness abound during this hangman's dozen of she-devils. Culled from over years of bloody background via crime author and journalist Douglas Skelton, those pages discover the mad, the undesirable and the harmful to grasp.
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Metal spikes were heated over a flame and then forced into various parts of his body. His tormentors were highly skilled in their art for he was not allowed to die until they had cut him to pieces. Sir Robert Stewart, was infinitely luckier for he was merely hanged and quartered. His father, though, was not so fortunate. Queen Joan and her advisers had devised a very special death for him – one that placed this particular bout of executions at the top of a roll-call of horror. The Earl of Atholl was publicly tortured over three days.
A French army, dispatched to help the beleaguered Scots, supported the interests of the Roman Church against the growing influence of the religious reformers. In 1546, the fat and cruel David Beaton was murdered in his rooms at St Andrew's Castle by supporters of the new faith, his bloated body draped over the walls like a flag. Mary of Guise, now regent, moved against them and laid siege to the castle. The Protestants – joined by the fiery former priest John Knox – held out for a year but the promised reinforcements never arrived from England.
Screaming, he was. Pleading for mercy. Screeching her name. She could hear the muffled oaths of the armed men as they pursued him through the chambers and, if she listened intently enough, she could perhaps hear the sound of the blades as they were thrust into his flesh time and time again. Finally all was silent. She spoke no words to the drunken husband at her side because there was nothing she could say to the man who had brought such a bloodbath before her. They stood in the small anteroom and felt what love there had ever been between them die with each dagger stroke.