Filmed on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Canada does not have capital punishment. But that is not to say that it was always that way.
The last person to be executed in B.C. was hung fifty years ago, on April 28, 1959, at Oakalla Prison Farm in Burnaby. The hangee was Leo Mantha, aged 31.
The last two people to be executed in Canada were Arthur Lucas and Robert Turpin, convicted of separate murders and hanged in Toronto in 1962.
What with children being abducted – and murdered, maybe they should bring back a hanging judge again.
This video shows the actual courtroom of hanging judge Matthew Begbie of which they named an elementary school after him in Vancouver near 1st Avenue between Renfrew and Rupert.