Worst Forms of Capital Punishment

Worst Forms of Capital Punishment

Worst forms of capital punishment ever! These criminal penalties violate human rights as some of the most painful disciplining methods in the world.

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7: Gibbeting
Gibbeting involved enclosing the prisoner in a metal cage and then hanging the cage on display from the arm of a gallow. The cage was often smaller in size than the actual prisoner for the added discomfort. The prisoners were then left to die of hunger and thirst. Birds of prey would bite their flesh
6: Guillotine
Although it had been used before, the guillotine was made popular in the 18th century, during the French Revolution. In that time it became the country’s symbol for capital punishment, often known as France’s ‘National Razor’. The device consists of a heavy vertical blade which was suspended between two parallel uprights. The victim’s head was secured in a wooden frame, with the blade hanging above it. When the blade was released it would decapitate the victim with a single clean and powerful cut. The head would then fall into a basket that was placed in front of the device
5: Necklacing
This form of capital punishment is believed to have originated in South Africa during the mid 80’s. A rubber tire is forced over the victim’s shoulders, trapping the arms and chest. Afterwards the tire is filled with some form of petrol and set on fire. It can sometimes take more than fifteen minutes before the victim dies. A local councilor from the Uitenhage town in South Africa, by the name of Benjamin Kinikini is believed to be the first victim connected to necklacing
4: Keelhauling
This is reportedly one of the worst forms of punishment to ever be performed at sea. Those subjected to keelhauling sustained severe wounds which eventually lead to their deaths. It was mainly used between the sixteenth and nineteenth century by French and Dutch sailors, although some experts have traced it back as far as Ancient Greece. The victims’ legs were strapped with weights and a rope was tied around them. They were then lowered from the bow of the ship and quickly dragged underwater across the haul (the bottom of the ship) and over the keel, the wooden beam that runs along the center of the ship’s underside
3: Blowing from a Gun
The 14th Dragoons was one of the most famous cavalry units of the British Empire during the 18th and 19th century. While serving with the unit in China, writer George Carter Stent provided a detailed description of the execution method known as ‘blowing from a gun’, where the victim was shot with a cannon while being strapped to it
2: Stoning
Stoning or lapidation may seem like the most primitive form of capital punishment one can fathom. However, this practice is still carried out in certain countries around the world. As the name would indicate, during this form of public execution a group of people throw stones at someone until they
1. Seppuku
Mainly preferred by members of the military class in feudal Japan, seppuku is a form of self-punishment through suicide. Its name may be roughly translated as ‘cutting the abdomen’. Bushido, the code followed by the samurai, claimed that performing seppuku showed the warrior’s courage and self control but also the sincerity and purity of his purpose. Rather than become prisoners at the hands of their enemies, the samurai viewed it as a way to end their life while maintaining their honor. For others it was a demonstration of loyalty. When his lord would die, a samurai performed seppuku to follow him in death. In other instances, this form of capital punishment would be used as way of protesting against the governing establishment or as manner to atone for failing to perform one’s duties. Seppuku was either voluntary or obligatory but in both cases, a high degree of attention was paid to the proper execution of the ceremony. When a lord would sentence a samurai to death, he would be offered the chance to perform seppuku as a way of avoiding the shame of having his head cut off by a common executioner. Seppuku involved the plunge of a short sword (wakizashi) or dagger (tantō) into the left side of one’s abdomen. The blade was then dragged across the abdomen to the right side where it was turned upward. This was its most common form. Another version was called jumonji giri. It involved a second stab below the sternum after which the blade was moved over the first cut. The samurai would then stoically wait until he bled out. This was considered to be the perfect way of performing seppuku