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Oct. 6th, 2009

09:06 am - Heads of Executed Robbers, Baden, 1812

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Date:October 6th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Хотелось бы, конечно, больше узнать об этих головах.
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Date:October 6th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
I am afraid I will have to reply in English. Georg Philipp Lang, known as Hölzerlips ("Woodseller Phil"), was a vagrant criminal who took part in a street-robbery committed against two Swiss merchants on a mountain road near Hemsbach (not far from Mannheim) in the Grand Duchy of Baden in May 1811. One of the merchants, Jacob Rieder from Winterthur, was so brutally beaten that he died from the wounds. The perpetrators eventually fell into the hands of a capable and energetic official, Ludwig Pfister, the Stadtdirektor at Heidelberg, who extended the investigation to clear up more than fifty other unsolved cases. He wrote a book about all of this, a history of the robber-bands in the lands on either side of the River Main, and this is a rather gruesome plate from the book. It shows the head of the executed Hölzerlips along with those of three other men who took part in the fatal robbery; two others were reprieved from execution by the Grand Duke because they were very young (under 20). Pictures of Hölzerlips and of the execution in Heidelberg can be seen here:
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