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Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to The Story Behind: Clue Series. In every episode of this series, we talk about the history of one of the original weapons used in the game, “Clue.” This series may not be appropriate for all ages and listener discretion is advised. And now, I present your host.

The weapon we’re talking about in this episode is probably the most ubiquitous of the Clue weapons. While its original intent may have been for utility purposes, the number of ways it could be used for MURDER range from strangling to hanging to the medieval method of being hanged, drawn and quartered.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Rope.

The Clue Series Butler you heard at the beginning of the episode was played by Paul from Rick and Paul Heal the World.

Mrs. White imitations provided by Chris, Emily Kendall and Michael from Redemption – A Star Wars actual-play podcast.; Jennifer Pratt, who will be coming out with a science fiction podcast soon; and Amy Pascale from Ladies Love Paul Rudd and part of the hashtag #LadyPodSquad group on Facebook and Twitter, which any lady-podcaster can join and talk with other women about all-things podcasting.

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How does death by hanging work? - How Stuff Works

History of Rope - Southern Ropes

Jump Rope History - The Jump Rope Institute

Book: The Modern Wonder Book of Knowledge

The Twisted History of the Noose - The Daily Beast

Drawing and Quartering - Encyclopedia Britannica

What Do "Drawn and Quartered" and "Keelhauling" Mean? - The Straight Dope

‘Feminist Coup’: Clue, The Game, Kills Off Mrs. White, Replaces Her With Female Scientist - Washington Post