Posted by Vita on July 23, 2000 at 22:45:19:
In Reply to: Was tarring and feathering fatal? posted by Schoolmafter Chris on July 23, 2000 at 22:34:07:
: An absolutely terrible fate to be sure, and I don't doubt it left the victim with severe burns, but was it generally fatal? And how did they get that tar off their bodies?
Ah, another good question!
I believe that generally, it was not fatal, since the aim was not to kill but to humiliate. But for sure, it left the victim with burns bruises abrasions and what have you.
Though in some cases, if the tar was applied too heavily it could suffocate the victim; as well, if they goaded the victim with burning branches, etc., naturally they were lit up like a torch.
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