Well-deserved death sentence of Johann Andreas Gottlieb Wehrhold, who was broken on the wheel from bottom to top on Friday December 5th, 1787 for a terrible murder. Description of the gruesome murder included.

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Well-deserved death sentence of Johann Andreas Gottlieb Wehrhold, who was broken on the wheel from bottom to top on Friday December 5th, 1787 for a terrible murder. Description of the gruesome murder included.

Description

Wohlverdientes Todesurtheil über Johann Andreas Gottlieb Wehrhold, welcher wegen begangenen grausamen Mordthat, Freytags den 5. December 1787 zu Mühlhausen durch das Rad, und zwar von untenauf durch Zerstossung aller Glieder dem Leben zum Tode gebracht worden. Nebst einer Beschreibung der grausamen Mordthat. Cover title.

Source

Michigan State University Library Special Collections XX folioHV6535.G3W64 1787

Publisher

Zu finden bey Johann Daniel Müller Rathsbuchdrucker

Date

1787

Format

Fraktur. [3] p.; 22 cm.

Language

German

Coverage

Mühlhausen

Abstract

Johann Andreas Wehrhold was a 35 year-old Protestant who was raised by his maternal grandparents though both his parents were still living. He had been working for a master ropemaker. One morning, authorities were called investigate a sack floating in front of a mill wheel. Body parts appeared to be protruding from the sack. Inside were two human arms, a male torso, and a left leg. The head and right leg were missing but were soon found in the river. The right leg was badly burned. Wehrhold was suspected because he had been spotted with a pushcart late the night before and had been question by the night watchman. Wehrhold said he had some grain to take to the mill and was let pass. He was arrested but maintained his innocence under questioning. He was made to view the body parts at which time he turned away. He was taken into the celler where he fell at the feet of the inquisitor and confessed killing the ropemaker by striking him in the head during a heated argument. He dismembered the body in the hopes of disposing of it to conceal his crime. He tried to burn it and put the right leg in the oven but it created such a bad smell that he abandoned that idea. He put the body parts in a bag but the head and right leg didn't fit. Those he wrapped in a blue apron. He placed the bundles in the pushcart and that is when he was spotted by the guards. Wehrhold was convicted of murder and sentenced to be broken at the wheel from the bottom up. His corpse was to be placed on the wheel for public display.

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1787

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Well-deserved death sentence of Johann Andreas Gottlieb Wehrhold, who was broken on the wheel from bottom to top on Friday December 5th, 1787 for a terrible murder. Description of the gruesome murder included., Zu finden bey Johann Daniel Müller Rathsbuchdrucker, 1787

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“Well-deserved death sentence of Johann Andreas Gottlieb Wehrhold, who was broken on the wheel from bottom to top on Friday December 5th, 1787 for a terrible murder. Description of the gruesome murder included.,” "Poor Sinners' Pamphlets", accessed September 20, 2019, http://courses.cal.msu.edu/al340ss16/psp/items/show/202.

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