Utah lawmakers are prepared to strap condemned criminals to this horrible chair and shoot them if they need to. They've just approved a bill that would allow the state to execute people by firing squad if there's a shortage of lethal injection chemicals needed to kill people the socially acceptable way.
Capital punishment is legal in 32 states in the US, and the primary method of execution in each of them is lethal injection. But that hasn't always been the case.
Nothing like a big dose of the macabre for the weekend. In 1938, a scientist actually recorded a condemned prisoner's heartbeat as he was being executed by firing squad.
Whenever we watch the Saw movies, or a particularly gruesome episode of The Tudors, people bite the big one in extremely awful ways. Although the sight is repulsive, we still want to take a peek because we're a little bit curious. What would the scariest kinds of death be like, and how long would they take?
This stark, almost peaceful looking room is actually Japan's execution room. The ring on top holds the noose, the red square outlines the trapdoor and this is the first time Japan has ever shown these rooms off.
I know that Twitter is becoming part of everyone's lives, but Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff may be taking it way too far by announcing executions in real time. Three tweets about Ronnie Lee Gardner's execution by firing squad:
Capital punishment. Sends a chill down your spine, doesn't it? Hopefully none of our readers will ever see first-hand the following methods of execution in the following states of the US.
As if reading In the Penal Colony wasn’t enough to give you Terry Gilliam-flavored nightmares, artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have brought the story’s gruesome execution device to life. Now visitors to Modern Art Oxford can watch the mechanical monstrosity rehearse its chilling dance of death while…