Rhodesia: The Hanging of Hopes

"I have been hanging people for years, but I have never had all this fuss before."

Called to do the honors from the roadside restaurant he owns, Edward ("Lofty") Milton, 54, Rhodesia's part-time public executioner, was professionally incapable of understanding the commotion. While African women clustered outside Salisbury's Central Prison and uttered the mournful wail of the Shona tribe, "Wayehe, wayehe" ("Please, God"), Milton sprang the traps on the prison's gallows last week and sent three Rhodesian blacks spinning into eternity. Then, returning to the pleased white patrons of his Zambezi Valley café, he sent off a postcard to a...

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