What is significant about chopping down the tree after the hanging of Zemnarihah?

Thomas R. Valletta

Legal scholar John W. Welch pointed out that the hanging of this war criminal “upon a tree … even upon the top thereof” and then the chopping down of the tree with the dead criminal still in it, were elements of a “public execution [that] followed ancient ceremony and law”(“Execution of Zemnarihah,” 250).

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