Monday, 9 December 2013

The "Rem-Exec 1" remote execution system

In the 1970s children were encouraged to take part in and experience all areas of civic life. In addition to compulsory youth clubs, which taught children surveillance skills and how to use them on neighbours and family members, older children were expected to take part in judicial proceedings.

Once a judge had sentenced a criminal in one of Scarfolk's many impromptu mobile courts, local children were expected to help carry out the sentence. They might assist by testing a noose's integrity, filling a hypodermic needle for a lethal injection or polishing the instruments of a masked council 'punisher.' Child executioners were chosen from school reports, much like jury duty.

Later in the decade, parents complained that such activities were too time consuming and got in the way of more important activities such as watching television, which is why Microharsh, a budding computer company, invented the REM-EXEC 1 (The Remote Executioner), a computer system that enabled children to carry out a death penalty from the comfort of their own homes.

The REM-EXEC 1 became so popular that children even began coding their own basic punishment programmes. One well-known one called 'Insert: Explosive Suppository Frog' made 10 year old Stephen Steel a household name.


  1. "You just keep me hanging on" (by the Velvet Tube marching band) played on mini-moog and vocoder gives a great audio gratification, too.

    1. At the time they seemed so hi-tech. Amazing that they remain state of the art to this day.

  2. I remember being wildly enthusiastic then realising the computer was programmed in basic and it was preloaded with hangman. The novelty of hanging prisoners soon wore off. Pity the garrote wasn't as popular a game.