Saturday, February 14, 2009
Suicide is Painless
People will go to any lengths for fame, won't they? In the May, 1800 edition of a Natchez Newspaper, Thomas Thackwood advertized his upcoming public suicide by pistol -- one shot for the abdomen and another for the brain (his own, that is), promising his audience plenty of staggering, convulsing and grinning.
Heck, if you've got nothing better to do on a Sunday afternoon, why not?
"C'mon, honey! Grab the kids. Let's go to the killin'."
Not to be outdone, however, he warned readers not to be taken in by claims of Mr. Touchwood, whose public hanging, Thackwood claimed, would only be staged.
I don't blame him. If I'm going to a killing, it better be the real deal.
You can read the ad here.
And, yeah, I couldn't resist: Mr. Thackwood went out with a bang.
*Posted by Elodie
*Photo not the man in the story. Just an old photo.