Thursday, September 15, 2011

Domestic Violence Punished in Baltimore, Clyde Miller - 1938


PHOTO CAPTION: HIS VICTIM WISHED TO “HEAR” THIS. Herself so badly beaten by her husband that she could scarcely distinguish light when the day of his whipping came around, Mrs. Miller was refused admittance to the whipping. She had said she wished to “stand so close I can hear it.” But, though the whip raised huge welts that sent Miller to the jail hospital, there was scarcely a sound as, swung by powerful Sheriff Deegan, it raked the slight prisoner’s back.

[“Whipping Post and Cat-o-Nine-Tails Revived as Baltimore Punished Wife-Beater,” Syracuse Herald (N.Y.), Mar. 2, 1938, Sec. 2, p. 1]

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FULL TEXT: Baltimore, March 1. – Clyde Miller, lashed 20 times as punishment for wife-beating, was taken to the city jail hospital tonight, although Warden Harry Price said he had suffered no apparent ill effects from his ordeal at the whipping post.

Price said he’s resting all right now,” but that he would remain in the hospital for an indefinite time.

The 37-year-old printer lay face down on a cot in the jail where he will spend the next six months as added punishment for beating his wife. His back was criss-crossed with welts raised by the blows of a cat-o’-nine tails.

~ Lash Laid On. ~

Shortly before noon, Miller was led from his cell to the jail lobby where the black whipping post and cat-o’-nine tails waited. Sheriff Joseph C. Deegan, calm and dignifled, laid on the lash in even measured strokes, using only a fraction of his 220-pound weight behind them.

Miller, eyes downcast as he was strapped to the post, cringed under the first two blows, whimpered at the third, and then groaned in pain at each succeeding blow.

There were no women among the 50 witnesses. Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, 33, who had said she wanted to see her husband flogged, was not admitted.

~ Wife Outside In Car. ~

She waited in a car at the jail entrance, eager for a description of the lashing, and commented:

“I ‘d like to give him a couple more.”

Sheriff Deegan, who twice before has administered floggings, said Miller “is the only one that really showed the effects and seemed to be in agony.”

Miller, who once served one year’s imprisonment for a previous beating of his wife, received twice as many lashes as any other since 1889. The whipping post was revived in 1882 to be used exclusively.

[“Printer Flogged For Wife-Beating Goes To Hospital Sheriff Says, However, Offender Suffered No Apparent El Effects From His Ordeal. - Mate Denied Wish To Witness Whipping - Prisoner Cringes, Whimpers and Groans as 20 Lashes Are Laid On With Cat-o’-Nine Tails.” Syndicated (AP), Mar. 2, 1938, p. 1]

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• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:


19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).

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“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on encyclopedia.com

This claim has been proven to be false.

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