The gallows is a structure designed to hang people sentenced to this punishment.
The gallows are formed by three sticks or beams, of which two are attached to the ground or on a platform. For its part, the third stick is placed horizontally over the other two, as it serves as a support to tie the rope with which the sentenced person is hung.
Likewise, the death penalty with which the accused person is convicted and convicted of committing a crime is called a gallows .
In ancient times there was also another type of gallows that consisted of a stick in which the head of the condemned was placed. Once the individual was immobilized, he was flogged and forced to walk the streets of the town.
However, before such structures exist for hanging, this sentence was already applied in the branches of trees to hold the person destined to this penalty.
In this sense, the gallows consists of placing a rope with a sliding knot around the neck of the individual who, when hanging, is tightened until causing death.
In this way, the gallows became a method of execution or suicide that has been used, through the centuries, in order to cause death. Even this type of death penalty still applies under law in various parts of the world.
Also, throughout history there have been several cases of hanging sentences, many have been questioned for their severity or for being unclear situations.
Some cases of gallows have been taxes in antiquity to punish non-believers or those incited by the racist movements that existed during the twentieth century.
Among the best known cases are the trials carried out in 1692 in Salem, United States, in which several people accused of practicing witchcraft were sentenced to hang.
You can also mention the gallows sentence received by the main Nazi leaders at the trial in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II.
Gallows as a tool
The tool used by farmers and farmers who work the land is known as gallows . This tool is also known as fork or fork.
This pitchfork is made up of a long wooden handle that ends with two or three iron or wood spikes. These spikes serve to agglomerate or accumulate straws, spikes or cereals from the ground.