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Murderous Mary, the Elephant That Was Hanged for Murder, 1916

Offbeat  (tags: animals, wildlife, killed, animal abuse )

- 554 days ago -
Mary was a five-ton Asian elephant, also known as Murderous Mary, who performed in the Sparks World Famous Shows circus. After killing a trainer in Kingsport, Tennessee, she was hanged in 1916. Her death is sometimes interpreted as a cautionary tale


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Anna P (97)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 3:59 pm

Walter F (129)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 4:34 pm
Anna thanks for posting This is probably one of the the most horrifying stories I have ever read That poor creature...The cheering crowd who witnessed this and took great delight in in the spectacle are in indictment of our species.If there is a hell they well deserve a place there .,Its past time for circuses and zoos to become anachronisms, things of the past Nature didn't create animals to be spectacles for our interest or entertainment.

Anna P (97)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 4:37 pm
Exactly what I thought Walter, horrifying! 2500 people showed up to watch her hang. And then the chain snapped the first attempt and she fell and broke her hip! DISGUSTING and HORRIFYING!!

Animae C (507)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 5:23 pm
This like every other act of horrific violence towards the vulnerable, defenseless & voiceless confirms my belief that i landed on the wrong planet.
My hearts aches so much right now, my tears are flooding the keyboard.

Laura H (964)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 7:45 pm
I SOB every time I see that photo or think of Mary...
Mary was abused and tried to defend herself; for that, she was MURDERED.

I hope all involved in this horrific EVIL crime is rotting in HELL.

Rest In Peace Mary.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 8:10 pm
God that's so horrible. Savages who could do that to an innocent animal. No elephant-no animal should be forced to perform stupid tricks 4 selfish stupid humans. This story is almost hard to believe.

Elizabeth W (0)
Sunday April 9, 2017, 8:22 pm
I did read that Mary had an infected tooth, and the new handler touched the area that was sore with the bullhook unknowingly and that is why she freaked out and killed him. Of course this was realized after they had already hung her. Poor thing. Thanks for sharing this story with us Anna.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday April 10, 2017, 1:59 am

Barb K (1694)
Monday April 10, 2017, 12:19 pm
So sad...

Kay M (46)
Monday April 10, 2017, 1:43 pm
Good afternoon and thank you for this article - which i read and noted- O.M.G. THIS IS SO HORRIFIC- IT PAINS ME TO SEE THAT PICTURE- poor MARY- that is why no elephant should ever be subject to that dam bull hook YUK GROSS- RELEASE ALL ELEPHANTS TO A SANCTUARY TO LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES IN PEACE AMONG THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS - they will meet other family members that have been taken from them years ago---BUT ELEPHANTS HAVE GREAT MEMORIES AND THEY WILL RECOGNIZE THEIR MOM- SISTER-AUNT- ETC I CAN ON,KY PRAY IT HAPPENS SOONER THAN LATER -SINCERELY KAY M.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 11, 2017, 10:57 pm
I didn't know about this. Thanks for posting.
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