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Another e-mail, this one is a first-hand account of a building downtown, #1 Toronto Street. I have edited it somewhat...

A few years ago I was at my bank in a modern building and I went to the second floor to use the washroom. This building was downtown and it was a cold winter's day. While I was standing ready to hear nature's call I got this rather bad impression, as if someone had tapped me on the shoulder and told me in an excited way that people had been hanged here.

I thought that this was ridiculous since this was a modern building and I thought no way. As I was walking down the hallway which had arches a few feet apart from each other I got the impression of a rope hanging from it, and when I was in the elevator which had mirrors in it, I couldn't come to look at myself. For the next week, I had terrible nightmares at home and I was feeling very depressed. I kept dreaming that there were hanging ropes in the building especially in the main lobby which had a very high ceiling. Eventually, I found out by doing some research and asking questions that before the building was built there was a parking lot there and before that there was an old jail that went back to the 1850's, and they used to hang people in the courtyard, which used to be the city gallows, but the jail was demolished in the 1950's. Whenever I am downtown I usually avoid that building because of my bad experiences there.

UPDATE: The following was sent in (thank you!) by one of our readers...

There is now a plaque in the Select Sandwich shop at #1 Toronto street marking it as the place where in 1838 Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hung on the gallows there for their participation in the 1837 Rebellion.

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