The Double Hanging of Jack Post

Of all the despicable characters that have left their mark on Young County, Jack Post was the only prisoner legally hanged; twice!

Jack had been convicted of the murder of G.B. McDermot. His brother and accomplice, had been given a life sentence, but Jack, a well-known ruffian and scoundrel was given the death penalty.

Jack made several escape attempts, deputies once finding a gun in his possession while in jail. His second attempted escape had been running from the courtroom, but he had been caught before leaving the room. Despairing his fate, Jack had been forced to wait for the day he would hang.

On the cold crisp morning of October 28, 1881, Jack was placed in the suit he would be buried in and escorted out to a wagon parked outside the jail. There, he was helped up into the back and forced to straddle his coffin for the short trip to the scaffold.

Upon arrival, a hush fell over the crowd of over two thousand. The hanging would draw the largest public gathering that ever occurred in the county to that date.

Jack was quiet as the charges were read, and the verdict repeated out loud for the waiting crowd.

The minister, praying for him ended with the phrase “May God have mercy on your soul.” The cloth bag was placed over his head and the noose fitted around his neck.

There is no doubt that Jack could hear the officials stepping away from the drop platform where he stood. He had proclaimed his innocence since the day he had been arrested, but to no avail. He heard the crowd gasp as the lever slid forward and the platform beneath his feet dropped ,…..only to feel the rope draw tight and then – feeling himself land with a thud on the ground beneath the scaffold. The noose had slipped loose!

It was a common belief at that time that the noose slipping was considered an act of God, and the few who had survived the first attempt were sometimes given their freedom.

Jack’s luck, however, had truly run out. A small meeting was held at the base of the scaffold and soon thereafter the rope was again around his neck. When the trapdoor released underneath him the second time, there was no respite and Jack Post was finally, truly hung.

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