Teolis hired 2 hit men to kill her husband. In March 1935, hangman Arthur Ellis miscalculated the length of rope required for her execution, and she was decapitated. This shocking event led to a huge public outcry and signaled the end of Ellis’s career.   Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Teolis hired 2 hit men to kill her husband. In March 1935, hangman Arthur Ellis miscalculated the length of rope required for her execution, and she was decapitated. This shocking event led to a huge public outcry and signaled the end of Ellis’s career.

Photo courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Players in the Deadly Game of Hangman in Canada

THE MURDERER

For every victim, there has to be an aggressor — a man, woman, or child who pulls the trigger or plunges the knife or slips arsenic into a cup of tea.

Excerpted from Drop Dead by Lorna Poplak

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