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6 Barbaric Methods of Execution That are Still Used

Executions have certainly been around as long as the humans have been on earth. People who do unethical or non-acceptable stuff in the society are executed as a punishment for their crimes. So often it is a pretty simple affair, but not all the time. Here are 6 most barbaric methods of execution that are still used. Let’s start with:

1. Amputation

McKnight amputation

Who made up this kind of punishment?

Amputation as a punishment is very common Islamic countries like Iran, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is used to punish those who commit a crime like stealing, murder and so forth. Amputation involves the removal of any body part of the body including the limbs. It often involves the use removal of ears, eyes, teeth or penis, however the limbs are the most common. Most of the facial disfiguring is done in the name of punishment for the crimes, as a regular terrifying practice. This might not be any country’s official execution method, but it is certainly used to execute the many offenders.

In order to execute an offender, they cut any part of his body either partial or total which in either case proves fatal without immediate medical attention. In the best cases, even if a person is able to live the horrors of amputation, all that he is left is with severe mental conditions and emotional discomfort.

2. Public Execution

Siam public execution

Horrifying, Inhuman and Disgusting!

Public execution is not so common these days…. well, at least it seems that way in the western countries. This has just disappeared in the mist. However, prior to the 20th century, it was among the most commonly used method of execution. Many nations have clearly banned public execution for the sake of ‘humanity‘. However, this can’t be said for many others, which even to this day don’t plead the mercy. In certain countries, it has never gone away and is widely used to deter people away from committing a crime.

The most recent and notable cases of public execution can be recalled from Iran which is seeing a large increase in the violent crimes throughout the population. Iranian government does hundreds of executions per year, and with this increase in the crime rates, they have switched the executions from behind the walls to public. For a long time, they executed the person behind the prison walls, but to inject the horror among people, they have gone public. Literally anyone can watch a person being executed with no concent of its affect on the society. This is not going to take them anywhere.

3. Cement Shoes

Bugs' up for some trouble

Bugs’ up for some trouble

Mainly coined by the American Mafia crime world, the word “cement shoes” has also become a slang term for many. It involves the person’s feet to be weighted by the use of cement after which he is thrown into the water to drown and hence the name. This method has given the rise to the term “The one who sleeps with fishes“. It is often used in a humorous way as a threat from criminals, but by the looks of it, I guess, it shouldn’t be.

The one who is to be drowned is first incapacitated, and then each of his foot is placed in a cylinder which is then filled with cement. Once the cement sets off, the person is thrown into any water body to drown. Even though no official cases of execution can be found, there are certain evidences of its presence to even to this day.

4. Necklacings

Death by Necklacing

Sure would’ve hurt a lot

In the process of necklacing, the victim is forced into a rubber tire filled with petrol which is then set on fire. It is a sort of summary execution in which a person accused of crime is killed immediately without the supervision of any higher authorities. A.K.A without any Trial. The whole process of capturing, torturing and killing the person is done in a very short span of time. The whole concept of necklacing is made more brutal by the fact that sometimes even the police, military or warfare organisations are directly involved. The whole process starts from severely beating victim and ends with his horrific death. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die due to the severe burns and trauma. Necklacing is quite common in South Africa as a means of punishments for the offenders of the law and supposedly, their “religion“.

5. Electrocution

Thomas edison electric chair

Edison was helluva creep

Electrocution is among the newest methods of execution ever invented by mankind. Remember the old wooden chair from Ted Bundy‘s execution video. Well, if you don’t, just watch the video embed below. Electrocution involves the person to be securely tied to a wooden chair along with a metal helmet on his head. This helmet is connected to a live electric supply, so when turned on, it just fries the victim.

The Electric chair is extensively used in countries like US. A large number of US states allow the person to choose their method of execution — either by electric chair or lethal injection. If it were my case, I’d choose the lethal injection at any time. But, surprisingly enough, out of 16 people up for execution, 13 went with the Electrocution over lethal injection. The latest victim of electric chair was on 16th Jan, 2013 for Robert Gleason Jr.

6. Stoning to Death

stoning to death

I am never going to any Islamic country!

Stoning to death stands apart from all the other methods of executions mentioned here. This is because here, all of the community takes participation in killing the victim. It is among the oldest forms of executions as apparent from some phrases from the Bible. Although most of the 1st world countries have stopped Stoning to death, some countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan use it to punish rapists and murderers. It is also practiced in Middle east and sub-Saharan Africa.

Stoning doesn’t involve trial or any kind of involvement by higher authorities which often leads to some disastrous results. For instance, a 13-year old girl named Zhila Izadyar was set up to get stoned to death in Iran. Her crime was that she was raped by her older “brother“. As this news got some heat and some involvement by the International community, her life was saved. However, this was only one case, this happens throughout the world all the time without anyone’s consent. In the latest case — A Pakistani soldier was stoned to death over an affair.

For the process of stoning, the prisoner is buried waist high and then beaten by stones. According to the so-called rulebook, the stone being used should be large enough to cause physical damage, but not so large that it may cause instant death. This painful process usually lasts for about 10-15 minutes at most and almost always leads  to the deaths of the victim.

Updated: March 19, 2013 — 3:30 PM

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