Saturday, November 01, 2008
The last hanging in Laverstone was on November 1st 1849, at the top of what is now Gallowgate but used to be several hundred yards outside of town. The recipient of the death penalty was a man by the name of Frank Betton who, having robbed the graves of seven of the town’s recent dead, deserved the penalty.
The blacksmith, Mr. Jasfoup, was on hand to help out and although he was not the executioner he gave Frank the benefit of his experience, a long drop and a quick death.
The seven missing bodies were never found, though the blacksmith disposed of Frank’s body at his own expense.
He made a profit.