ET in 1800: Thomas Chalfont

Check out my latest Executed Today entry. Unlike the previous two, Thomas Chalfont was not a murderer or a rapist; he was just a teenage boy who’d stolen £10 from a postal packet. Mind you, £10 was worth a lot more back in 1800.

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4 thoughts on “ET in 1800: Thomas Chalfont

  1. Justin November 12, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    You would think that since another post office employee was executed for the same offense almost a year earlier for doing the exact same thing, he would have gotten the hint that pilfering money from the Royal Mail was probably wasn’t worth the risk.

    • Meaghan November 12, 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Criminals never expect to get caught.

      • Justin November 12, 2015 / 10:34 pm

        I guess that explains all those people who were executed trying to smuggle drugs out of Indonesia. I understand playing the odds, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to play Russian Roulette because the odds are one in six.

      • Meaghan November 12, 2015 / 10:44 pm

        I think a lot of those smugglers are doing it more or less unwillingly, like they’re told that their families will be harmed unless they cooperate. Or they have some “debt” to drug lords that they’re trying to “work off” by being a mule.

        There’s a wonderful book I read called “I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons” by Luca Rastello, translated by Jonathan Hunt. According to the book, only a tiny percentage of drugs are smuggled by drug mules as we think of them. In fact the whole drug mule thing is basically meant to be a diversion from the real smuggling going on. The book talks about stuff like huge marble building blocks hollowed out and filled with cocaine, and other ways to move it in large quantities.

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