EDITOR: I think I know where the Hangtown dummy went for 24 hours. It’s just speculation, but there may be more to this than the average Placerville resident knows.
I then noticed something very interesting in the posted picture of the hangman, his hands are not bound. Later that afternoon I noticed that half of a bottle of whiskey was missing from the liquor cabinet. Upon questioning my husband, I discovered that the whiskey must have been drunk by someone else.
“Most likely that dummy,” my husband replied. As he is telling me this I noticed paint peeled from my house where it had not peeled before. “Mischievous Devil,” I remarked. I did, in fact remember something riling up the chickens last night and now I was noticing that somebody had peeled some paint from my house.
It all came together for me upon learning that the hanging man had been “returned,” because if somebody stole him, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.
That hanging man has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years and it finally just caught up with him.
Where he went from here I do not know but this probably explains why he did not get back to his noose in time to avoid notice.
Hanging man, I’m on to you.