Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The judicial decree that someone be punished in this manner is a death sentence, while the actual process of killing the person is an execution. Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offences. The term capital originates from the Latin capitalis, literally "regarding the head" (referring to execution by beheading).
The Philippines was the only country except the United States which used the electric chair(1926–1976). Until the abolishment in 1987, it went back to the firing squad. After reintroduction of the death penalty in 1993, the country switched to lethal injection.
Crushing by elephant.
Devouring by animals, as in damnatio ad bestias (i.e., as in thecliché, "being thrown to the lions"). •
Stings from scorpions and bites by snakes, spiders, etc. (e.g. the "Snake pit" of Germanic legend)[dubious – discuss] •
Tearing apart by horses (e.g., in medieval Europe and Imperial China, with four horses; or "quartering", with four horses, as in The Song of Roland and Child Owlet). •
Trampling by horses (example: Al-Musta'sim, the last AbbasidCaliph in Baghdad).
A Mongolian method of execution that avoided the spilling of blood on the ground (example: the Mongolian leader Jamukha was probably executed this way in 1206).
Blowing from a gun
Tied to the mouth of a cannon, which is then fired.
Boiling to death
This penalty was carried out using a large cauldron filled with water, oil, tar, tallow, or even molten lead. Breaking wheel
Also known as the Catherine wheel, after a saint who was allegedly sentenced to be executed by this method. Buried alive
Traditional punishment for Vestal virgins who had broken their vows. Burning
Most infamous as a method of execution for heretics and witches. A slower method of...
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