Letters, May 13, 1935

Helpful Hanna


TIME, April 29 (National Affairs, "Death of De Boe") unfairly calls Mr. Phil Hanna "a professional executioner . . . from Illinois," unkindly cuts his visage three-quarters away in the accompanying picture of ''Robber—not a Rapist'' De Boe. No professional, no executioner, Mr. Hanna is a gentleman farmer who lives on land that has been in the family since 1808. . . . He has assisted at some 65 hangings (he does not recall the exact number), has never sprung a trap. Years ago, the revolting sight of a public strangulation...

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