Paul53 wrote:The First State attourny with the Royal County Court in Flensburg testified to Engelhardts skills on july 5th 1901 with the following phrases:"I attest to the fact that the officially installed executioner, Alwin Engelhardt from Magdeburg was assistant of the the executioner Wilhelm Reindel ,also from Magdeburg,also his stepfather,in the execution of worker Johann Deppe from Hamburg on december 8th who was sentenced to death from murder by the Flensburg court.Executioner Engelhardt showed skill and cleverness , with the construction of the execution block(clearly a Handbeil execution) and the bench and behaved in a most serious and stately way during the following execution"
Yes, he presented a most elegant appearance, wearing a winged collar and looking every bit a diplomat...of death.
He also was given to drink, heavily, which eventually ended his short career and began his long conflict with the RMJ.
Good to have these bits and pieces from Blazek's book back again. Danke.