In tiny villages where people lived their entire lives within a few blocks of each other, one's reputation was important. Being mocked or shamed by all your neighbors was painful, so magistrates found imaginative ways to punish people by placing them in embarrassing contraptions.
The person forced to stand in this cage in the town's main square was jeered by everyone who passed.
Criminal Museum, the information about the executioner or hangman was more fascinating.
People didn't like their bloody trade so they were shunned socially. They had to sit in a special section in church, be served communion last, and could only marry offspring from another executioner's family. These men, who carried out the will of the people, seemed to me to, in turn, be punished their entire lives for doing their job. Hardly seems fair.
The Criminal Museum is full of interesting facts like these. Exhibits, torture implements, jurisprudence rules, and displays cover four floors in this unique museum.
|I'm sure the man I caught in the witch-catcher is innocent.|
The Criminal Museum is one of Rothenburg's highlights. Be sure to allow at least two hours for its four floors.