Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the Child Pornography series
Mental health of the executioners
Not all executioners take their work as just a job like any other. Many feel alienated and and ashamed of the work that they do. As a public servant their job is a very important one, backed by law, but on the psychological side of the equation it is a very emotionally difficult career to deal with.
Granddaughter of a hangman
This Montreal examiner’s interviewed a young women who spoke about how her family never knew that the grandfather was one of the last executioners in Canada. This Montreal hangman had to keep his job secret from everyone he knew, including his own wife. They only found out after he had died and the government listed his occupation when providing the grandmother with a pension. The grandfather went under the pseudonym, Camille Blanchard , and worked at Bordeaux Jail in Montreal.
Between 1912 and 1960, there were more executions in Montreal’s Bordeaux Jail than anywhere else in Canada. Imagine having to keep this secret from everyone you know and love in the world? Imagine how it must play on your mind and heart all of your life?
To be continued