A grain thief is punnished.


One of the more interesting facets, dated 1758 and found in Jacob Strickler's record book, is a an account covering the administration of criminal justice by the territorial governor, Johannes Ulrich Blaarer of Wartensee:

On August 27 the esteemed H.H. Junker (aristocratic landowner) and territorial governor, Blaarer, discovered with alarm, that during the night a disgraceful and blatent theft of seven quarters (archaic measurement) of corn had been cut and taken from the property of the judge and tax collector Jakob Mueller of Muellenen. The thief, Rudolph Scherer of Schwanden (also called Langsuess aus der Huegsam), had brought the grain for grinding to the mill of Coelestin Bachman Loesmueller. Soon thereafter, it was announced that the thief had been arrested and shackled, and had been taken to confinement in the castle. During ten days of imprisonment he continuously and stubbornly sought to deny any involvement with the theft.

Finnaly he confessed to the deed, for which he would receive the utmost punnishment. To his shame and humiliation, on the following Sunday morning he was required to sit directly under the pulpit of the church of Richtensweil in front of the entire congregation while holding a shock of grain in his hand, during which from that pulpit the highly respected and revered preacher delivered a most solemn sermon entitled "Exodus, Chapter 22, verse 2".

Afterwards the clergymen, the bystanders, the judges and bailiffs all delivered very serious lectures to the thief. Until then such scolding punnishment of thieves had been carried out in my church only three times before.

Exodus, Chapter 22, verse 2
"If a thief is found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him: but if the sun has risen upon him, there shall be bloodguilt for him."


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