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Public hanging for Frog Lake Massacre

"You shall be hanged by the neck until you are dead." A judge has uttered these words to 1,300 Canadians. More than 700 of them actually went to the gallows before Canada abolished capital punishment in 1976. But opinions on the noose have tended to shift over time. Protests in the 1960s were met with questions about preventing the murder of police officers and prison guards. Today, the debate is ongoing, especially for multiple murderers like Clifford Olson and Paul Bernardo.

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Dan Bjarnason recounts largest hanging in Canadian history.

Dan Bjarnason recounts largest hanging in Canadian history.
Medium: Television
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: Jan. 20, 1994
Guest(s): Blade Fable, Ernest Myke, Mariam Robinson, Blair Stonechild
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Dan Bjarnason
Duration: 4:12

Last updated: March 20, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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