When was the last execution at the Tower of London?
The last execution to take place at the Tower of London
was on Thursday, August 14, 1941.
The inmate was Josef Jakobs who was a German spy. He
was shot by a firing squad comprised of eight men. He was not able to stand due
to an ankle injury and he therefore was forced to be tied up in a Windsor chair.
A piece of white lint was pinned above his heart so the firing squad could have
a target to shoot at. Five of the eight shots hit the piece of lint and Jakobs
died at 7:12am.
The cell he was once confined to is now used as a
place for film storage and the Windsor chair is also still at the Tower although
it is not on public display.
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