Tuesday, November 24, 2015

11/24/1922 Erskine Childers faces firing squad

November 24, 1922.  There are a few unusual deaths among mystery writers, but I think only Erskine Childers, author of the classic The Riddle of the Sands,  was killed by a firing squad.  Formerly a dedicated member of the British Army, after the Boer War, Childers became committed to Irish independence.  During the Irish Civil War he was arrested by Free State forces for carrying a semi-automatic pistol.  Two weeks later he faced the firing squad in Dublin.

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