Execution of a Matricide.
was hung at Three Rivers
, C. W., on the 25th ult., for having murdered his mother some months since.
Since his conviction strong efforts have been made to have him pardoned on the ground of insanity, and the wretched doggerel which he has had published in a paper at Three Rivers
would seem to indicate that be was far from being in his right mind.
A correspondent of the Montreal Gazette sketches the closing scene of his life.
Shortly before 11 o'clock, a door leading to the convict's cell was closed, and the hangman proceeded to pinion his victim in the dimly-lighted dungeon, screened by the closed door from the looks of the people in the jail hall.
The constables who accompanied him state that while being pinioned Brainerd
requested Sheriff Ogden
to convey his body, after execution, to Melbourne
, in the Townships
, for burial, and that the twenty dollars in gold among his effects be appropriated for the purpose.
promised to comply with his request.
He also said to the hangman, ‘"You are pinching me; you are beginning to murder me too soon."’ The convict pinioned, a rope was placed round his waist and the party, led by the Sheriff
, proceeded up the two flights of stairs to the room leading to the drop.
walked up the steps coolly and more unconcernedly than any of the spectators.
In the room the executioner took his hand off Brainerd
's neck and drew back the bolts of the door, outside which was the drop.
As he did so the crowd, which now amounted to about 2,000, and in which many women were to be seen, simultaneously exclaimed, ‘"Le voila, le voila,
"’ and swayed to and fro a few moments, eagerly looking up at Brainerd
, who stood calmly gazing out into the rain.
The hangman stepped out on the drop and pulled down the noose.
Rev. Mr. Carron
, humble yourself; repent; in ten minutes you will be no more, and facing your Creator."’ Words to this effect he repeated twice, but still Brainerd
made no sign, and looked down at the crowd.
Precisely at 11, the preparations completed, Brainerd
was led out on the drop, and the executioner placed the noose around his neck, having previously partly drawn the black cap down over his face and removed his hat, Brainerd
saying that the wind would blow it off. He stood facing east, and exclaimed, in low tones, to the people outside, ‘"Strangers, they are going to commit murder.
I am innocent."’
He was deaf to all the entreaties of his spiritual advisers, and refused to be baptized before stepping upon the scaffold.
When the drop fell he appeared to suffer horribly; owing to the rain the rope had stiffened, and when cut did not close upon the victim's neck.
The fall, though six feet, did not appear sufficient to dislocate his neck.
Whirling rapidly around with the rope, his body was visibly agitated by his convulsive efforts to loosen his hands, every nerve seemed to writhe in agony, and after a short struggle, a horrid choked sound issued between his clenched teeth.
Gradually it ceased, and with it the upheavings of the chest and the agitation of the limbs.
A few gasps, and in a few moments Ezra Brainerd
had expiated his crime.