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2nd House 2nd Run


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The Man They Could Not Hang
In January 1885 John Lee , a young servant, was condemned to death in Exeter for the murder of his employer. For reasons that have remained mysterious to this day he could not be hanged: he was placed three times on the scaffold's trapdoors, but each time the executioner pushed the lever the doors became inexplicably locked. The only recorded failure in the history of the ' drop ' system - it made of Lee, convicted murderer, a popular hero, known all over the country. Melvyn Bragg relates the facts we know about John Lee to the popular versions of the legend.
Songs performed by members of FAIRPORT CONVENTION:
Dave Swailbrick , Simon Nicol Dave Pegg , Jerry Donahue Dave Mattacks
Broadsheet Ballads sung by MARTIN CARTHY
Written and produced by MARK KIDEL Editor BILL MORTON


Unknown: John Lee
Unknown: Melvyn Bragg
Unknown: John Lee
Unknown: Dave Swailbrick
Unknown: Simon Nicol
Unknown: Dave Pegg
Unknown: Jerry Donahue
Unknown: Dave Mattacks
Unknown: Broadsheet Ballads
Sung By: Martin Carthy
Produced By: Mark Kidel
Editor: Bill Morton

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