Public Breast Whipping In Old Massachusetts

This is the first time I’ve ever heard an account of public breast whipping as a judicial punishment:

Cote said “I almost dropped dead. It was amazing.” What he found were records dating back to 1677.

“It was stunning, stunning stuff.” Among the archives were court dockets kept by the court magistrate. Cote said he read of a dispute before the court between a husband and wife. On this particular complaint, the judge sentenced the woman to 40 lashes about the breast to be administered in public.

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