Well, I sure am happy
to come across you, Mr...

Grimes. Ossie Grimes,
of the Oklahoma Grimes.

Mr. Grimes, yes, sir.
Yeah, I sure am happy I've run across...

You know, I've always been
sort of curious about your job.

Well, there's a lot more to it
than most folks think.

There's nothing worse
than a sloppy hanging.

Back in Oklahoma, I once watched them
hang a fella five times before it took.

Five times? Five?
Just exactly what do you
have to know, Mr. Grimes...

:13:36 order to make a good,
clean, professional job of it?

Well, just about everything.
You have to know how tall
your subject is, how much he weighs...

...his neck size
and how he feels about it all.

- Then you have to be certain...
- Excuse me.

You mean to say you have to know...
:13:57 the fellow you're gonna hang
feels about it?

Oh, yes, sir.
A scared man who's crying
and praying and shaking...

...and moving around is
harder to send to his maker...

...than one who's decided
to just stand there and take it.

Why, I had a subject last year...
...took me an hour
just to get him up off his knees.

- Is that a fact?
- That's a fact.

You can't hang a subject
when he's on his knees.

It just don't look right.
And I'll tell you one more thing.
When you select a rope...

- What are you looking at?
- You tell me.

- Hey, Robbie.

I got a young boy here
who's worried about his future.

Yeah. I reckon he is at that too.
I hope to God that they don't dump
himself and myself in the same hole.