(Shepherds Butchers) EBOOK/PDF ç Chris Marnewick

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  • Shepherds Butchers
  • Chris Marnewick
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READ ✓ Shepherds Butchers Leon Labuschagne’s livelihood depends on death Atnineteen he is a warder on Death Row a shepherd whocares for the condemned – and a butcher who escorts themto the gallows After a gruelling two week stint in whichthirty two men were hanged Leon loses control with tragicresults And no. A lawyer takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he s witnessedA movie was made based on this book

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READ ✓ Shepherds Butchers Pherds Butchers begins in 1987 a year in which 164people were executed Two years later the last man wentto the gallows in Pretoria after than four thousandhangings that century This novel portrays legal executionin unprecedented detail revealing its devastating impact onall those involv. What a wonderful bookI saw the movie and was so mesmerized I just had to read the book as well I was not dissapointedI think this is book that each and every South African should read You will certainly look differently at the death penaltyJust something I ve never thought about is the fact that a warder spend a few months with the convicted before that same warder takes the convicted to the gallows That is after some sort of relationship has been formed No further spoilers


READ ✓ Shepherds Butchers W he’s the one facing the death penaltyOnly the most precarious line of legal argument standsbetween Leon and the gallows Chasing a defence hisadvocate trawls the deepest recesses of life in the Pot – thetwilight world of Death RowA gripping courtroom drama steeped in the factualShe. In the cycle of killing there is a beginning but no endLawyer Johan Weber has just returned to his chambers after a long and tiring session in court The last thing he needs is for anyone to arrive unannounced Unfortunately his desire to have some uiet time is interrupted when his secretary comes into his office to say that Roshnee Kissoon Singh a human rights lawyer is waiting to see him She tells him that Lawyers for Human Rights has taken on the pro bono case of a young white warder who shot and killed seven young black men in what seemed to start as road rage but ended in cold blooded murder He reluctantly takes on the case One of the first tasks that he gives his junior advocate Pedrie Wierda is to discover exactly how many hangings the accused Leon Labuschagne was not only present at but was gallows escort to a person being hanged At first Leon Labuschagne refuses to talk or share any details of how involved the gallows escorts were in the process With perseverance Weber gets him to talk What Johan Weber and Pedrie Wierda learn is hard for them to grasp The psychiatrist asked to assess Labuschagne is convinced that something triggered him on the night of the killing to act in the way that he did It s up to Weber and Wierda to find the trigger and to also to understand just how the system worked in the very secretive world of Pretoria Central PrisonThis is not light entertainment Chris Marnewick has used the court case of Leon Labuschagne to highlight what took place in Pretoria Central The gallows were set up to hang seven men at the same time In 1987 a record was broken One hundred and sixty four were hanged of which between the period 26 November to 10 December thirty two men were hangedAt the time young white South African men were called up immediately after completing their final year of schooling to do their National Service Some refused to go into the army and took what they thought were going to be easier options they joined the police or as described in this book the prison service Chris Marnewick has introduced us to Leon Labuschagne a seventeen year old who decides to join as a prison warder What he didn t expect to happen was to be forced on his first day on the job to have to watch men being hanged As a South African looking back at this period I see myself as a mother of two children aged ten and twelve living a good life on a smallholding where our lives were filled with events at school road running horse riding long walks with the dogs and many Sundays spent at the beach We were completely oblivious to these shocking barbaric events taking place in Pretoria where those hanged were not even given the dignity or respect of being buried in a shroud they were simply tossed naked into a cheap pine box I hear you ask how can I say I was unaware of what was happening in the country The government at the time had ensured through laws that newspapers in South Africa had virtually no voice to raise any kind of criticism There were no overseas newspapers or news channels available to watch on television The public was kept in the dark Chris Marnewick has written this chilling account of how this barbaric practice took place month in month out Were there any young men like Leon Labuschagne who had complete mental breakdowns because of what they had witnessed I m sure there were but they like other facts were buried under the secrecy blanketI need to add a bizarre footnote and because it seems so strange While reading through various articles on the history of The Pretoria Central Prison which has recently restored and is now a monument I discovered that there were two Chris Barnards in South Africa who were famous Dr Chris Barnard the world pioneer in heart transplants with one ambition restoring life and normal living to patients who would otherwise have died and then there was Chris Barnard the executioner He could put the rope around each of the necks of the seven to be hanged and reach the lever to drop the condemned in eighteen seconds He executed around 1500 people in his role as hangman Both I found had retired before the cases referred to in this book However it still makes me think that truth is stranger than fictionTreebeardBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review