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Giles Corey knows he is innocent of the charges brought against him, and refuses to confess, even though he knows that doing so may spare his life. He dies while undergoing an unusual form of torture, deigned to get him to profess guilt: a heavy wooden door is laid upon him, and rocks piled onto it, one by one. The weight of the rocks causes extreme pain and can crush bones and internal organs. Corey knew he would not relent or change his mind, and at the end his last words were "More weight." He in effect asks his torturers to finish the job and kill him, and knows even if he survived the torture he might have been hanged. Corey may also have been aware that he would become a martyr for this cause, and possibly given hope to others who were accused, to inspire them to continue to plead innocent.

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