• Short Summary

    THE RHODESIAN REGIME HAS "SACKED" ITS HANGMAN, 54-YEAR-OLD EDWARD "LOFTY" MILTON, WHO CARRIED OUT THE RECENT EXECUTION OF FIVE AFRICANS.

  • Description

    THE RHODESIAN REGIME HAS "SACKED" ITS HANGMAN, 54-YEAR-OLD EDWARD "LOFTY" MILTON, WHO CARRIED OUT THE RECENT EXECUTION OF FIVE AFRICANS. HE WAS BEING FILMED ON FRIDAY BY OUR CAMERAMEN SUPERVISING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GROUP OF FLATS HE'S BUILDING AT KAROI TOWNSHIP WHEN HE WAS CALLED AWAY TO THE TELEPHONE TO BE TOLD BY AN OFFICIAL OF THE SMITH REGIME'S "MINISTRY OF JUSTICE" THAT HE HAD BEEN DISMISSED.

    THE WELSH-BORN HANGMAN, SON OF A CARDIFF POLICEMAN, EMIGRATED TO RHODESIA AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR. AFTER HIS HANGING OF THE FIRST THREE AFRICANS, DESPITE THEIR REPRIEVE BY QUEEN ELIZABETH, MILTON SAID IN AN INTERVIEW HE NEITHER LIKED NOR DISLIKED HIS PART-TIME JOBS FOR WHICH HE GOT AN ANNUAL RETAINER FROM THE REGIME IN SALISBURY.

    MILTON SAID HE THOUGHT HIS SACKING RESULTED FROM ADVERSE REPORTS IN THE OVERSEAS PRESS. ONE LONDON NEWSPAPER, THE DAILY MIRROR, ALLEGES THAT THE HANGMAN MADE A MACABRE JOKE ABOUT HIS OCCUPATION, SAYING IT WAS "MONEY FOR OLD ROPE". MILTON COULD HIMSELF BE CHARGED WITH MURDER UNDER BRITISH LAW.

    MILTON SAID RECENTLY HE COULD NOT REMEMBER HOW MANY MEN HE HAD PERSONALLY HANGED, BUT ADDED THAT HE'D ATTENDED OR OFFICIATED AT 320 HANGINGS SINCE 1954. MILTON AND HIS WIFE OWN AND RUN THE TROPEZ CAFE AND CARAVAN PARK AT KAROI, 130 MILES (209 KMS) NORTH-EAST OF SALISBURY. HE ALSO OWNS OTHER PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE GROUP OF SMALL FLATS HE'S BEEN BUILDING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KZPEN8V8N6W2Z5AK1W9NYX5R
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KZPEN8V8N6W2Z5AK1W9NYX5R
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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