Friday, June 24, 2005
Too bad Fell didn't hang himself, was not felo de se. Because he crossed a state line in the commission of his crime, Fell is being tried in U.S. District Court. Vermont doesn't have a death penalty, but the feds do.
Donald Fell has an aptronym, a name that suits his character.
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913), s.v. fell as an adjective:
[OE. fel, OF. fel cruel, fierce, perfidious; cf. AS. fel (only in comp.) OF. fel, as a noun also accus. felon, is fr. LL. felo, of unknown origin; cf. Arm. fall evil, Ir. feal, Arm. falloni treachery, Ir. & Gael. feall to betray; or cf. OHG. fillan to flay, torment, akin to E. fell skin. Cf. Felon.]True to his name, Donald Fell is a cruel, barbarous, inhuman, fierce, savage felon.
1. Cruel; barbarous; inhuman; fierce; savage; ravenous.
Fell has another meaning and another derivation, just as apt in a grisly way. Webster's, s.v. fell as a transitive verb:
[imp. & p. p. Felled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Felling.] [AS. fellan, a causative verb fr. feallan to fall; akin to D. vellen, G. fällen, Icel. fella, Sw. fälla, Dan. fælde. See Fall, v. i.]True to his name, Donald Fell felled his victims.
To cause to fall; to prostrate; to bring down or to the ground; to cut down.