Tough luck for Captain Kidd. When Kidd was convicted of murdering William Moore, his gunner, and of five counts of piracy, he was condemned to be hanged in 1701.
On his fatal day, he was ridiculed by a laughing crowd "swilling beer and gin, hurling impudent and ribald jests, singing ballads...one continual fair all the way."
His bad luck persisted as an eyewitness recorded that when the trap was sprung
"...the Rope with which Captain Kid was ty'd, broke, and so falling to the ground he was taken up alive, and had the opportunity to consider more the Eternity he was launching into... He was brought up again ..ty'd to a tree."
The rope held the second time and he dangled until at last his troubled spirit departed.