Thursday, September 15, 2011

Domestic Violence Offender Beaten in Courtroom in Front of 200 Spectators - 1889

FULL TEXT: Wilkesbarre, Dec. 14. – George Shiner, a boiler maker, was before Alderman Donohue yesterday afternoon, charged with beating and deserting his invalid wife. Donohue does not like wife-beaters. When Shiner was arraigned and the facts were brought out, the magistrate resolved to inflict punishment that would make an impression. Getting down from his official seat, he locked the doors, pulled off his seat, he locked the doors,  pulled off his coat, ordered Shiner to do the same, and then and there, on the official floor and in the presence of 200 spectators, gave the wife-beater as thorough a licking as any man ever got.

Though Shiner was game, and fought hard, the alderman thrashed him until every bone in his body ached. Panting with his exertions Donohue resumed his seat. “There, you miserable ruffian,” he said, “go home now and look after your wife and children.” Shiner promised to reform and shuffled off. “That’s the way I propose to treat all wife beaters and deserters in the future,” said the alderman. “It is the best way to punish them, saves the costs to the county and is better than putting them in jail and letting their families starve while they are there.”

[“Punished A Wife Beater – A Wilkesbarre Alderman’s New Way of Dealing With Women Preventatives,” Washington Daily Reporter (Wilmington, Pa.), Dec. 16, 1889, p. 2]


• 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).


“[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

This claim has been proven to be false.


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