It is true that occasionally a man or woman fell into the executioners hands on a charge of sorcery, but the Nuremberg Council, as they stated in a letter written to Ulm in 1531, never believed in witches and therefore ‘took no other measures against such persons that to banish them from their territory.’ When 72 witches were hanged or burnt in the neighbouring town of Ellingen in 1591, the Nuremberg Council, despite great popular indignation, forbade the torture of an old woman accused of witchcraft, and ordained that no criminal process should be set in motion against persons accused on mere report; and that any authority so offending should be held liable to be called to account by the accused party for injury, and be cast in costs and damages. An executioner’s assistant who tried to cast suspicion of sorcery on the wives of certain citizens was incontinently beheaded. 
In the year 1614 Franz Schmidt’s second successor, Valentin Deusser, was discharged from his post’on account of his slovenly workmanship’; he had the misfortune to miss the poor woman, so that she fell down twice from the chair; and on his way home he would have been stoned to death, if the town guard had not come to his help in the nick of time!
The Bamberg M.S. says of this gruesome execution:
This poor sinner was very ill and weak, so that she had to be led to the Krippelstein, and when she had sat down upon the chair, Master Valtin, the hangman, walked around her like a cat round a hot broth and held the sword a span from her neck, and took aim and then struck the blow and missed her neck and struck off a piece of her head as big as a dollar and struck her down from the chair. Then the poor soul got up quicker than she began to beg that she should be allowed to go, because she had been so brave; but all in vain; and she had to sit down again. Then the Lowe (the assistant) wanted to take the sword from Master Valtin and strike with it himself; but this the master would not allow, and himself struck a second blow somewhat stronger, so that she again fell to the ground, and then he cut off her head as she lay upon the scaffold. Whereupon he, the hangman, had his reward as he went home; for he would soon have been stoned to death if the armed town guard had not rescued him, inasmuch as the blood was already streaming from his head.’
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