Death penalties way worse than crucification

Aug 2015
2,326
uk
#41
Crucifixion is pretty bad though; imagine slowly choking to death, yet you can save yourself temporarily by forcing your upper body upwards to allow you to breath more easily. So much pain and work, especially roasting under a red hot sun with no water. The if you DO manage to survive, after hours of suffering they break your legs to finish you off.

Think there was a similar punishment where the victim was put in a pool of ever-filling water, but if they worked a pump continuously then they could pump the water out an not drown. Eventually exhaustion means that the person eventually drowns as they can no longer muster the energy. Can't remember if it's genuine or not though?
 

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Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
4,264
Brassicaland
#43
Crucifixion is pretty bad though; imagine slowly choking to death, yet you can save yourself temporarily by forcing your upper body upwards to allow you to breath more easily. So much pain and work, especially roasting under a red hot sun with no water. The if you DO manage to survive, after hours of suffering they break your legs to finish you off.

Think there was a similar punishment where the victim was put in a pool of ever-filling water, but if they worked a pump continuously then they could pump the water out an not drown. Eventually exhaustion means that the person eventually drowns as they can no longer muster the energy. Can't remember if it's genuine or not though?
In the case of crucification, at least the superficial integrity of the body is maintained.
In drawing, hanging, and quartering, the person was literally dissected ALIVE.
Being sliced to death was even worse (the case of Hypatia, and the Chinese call this method Lingchi, and they even sliced people with 4200 slices.)
Although pointless and non-constructive, the emotional want to punish some extreme criminals (or extremely evil humans) can be dormant.
Like some people have mentioned before, a quick clean death might be considered not severe enough for extreme criminals or wrongdoers.
This was long ago, but when the poll was posted about historical figures that deserved lingchi the most, some people put up a few World War II criminals.
Indeed, some people died by slicing (lingchi) were extreme criminals and did much harms to the people.
 
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Nov 2011
8,780
The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
#44
Would a hyena really attack you though without provocation- especially if it's well fed?
Hyenas like most scavengers will eat whenever the opportunity arises--well fed or not. They do attack prey animals and humans opportunistically, mainly children and anecdotally people sleeping, including campers. But mainly, ALL wild animals are dangerous, especially ones with big teeth.
 

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Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
5,677
#45
The 20th century US methods, the electric chair and gas chamber are not as bad as breaking on the wheel or whatever. They are fairly quick but very painful, similar to slow hanging. For example the gas chamber involved the condemned usually choking and turning purple.

In England various crimes were punished by burning for women only. It wasn't considered proper for a woman to be cut up with hanging, drawing, and quartering for high treason. Also, if a woman killed her husband, it was petty treason, punishable by burning. Counterfeiting and coining were considered treason and punishable by burning for women only. It was supposed to be more proper, but usually the first thing to burn was the clothes.
 
Aug 2010
15,104
Welsh Marches
#46
In England after the mid-C17 or thereabouts, it was customary to strangle a woman first before she was burned, and I believe that measure were sometimes taken even before that period to ensure a quick death, e.g. by placing a pouch of gunpowder around her neck. In the caste at Ghent I saw a pitchfork which was used to keep the victim in place during a burning (the ropes would burn through of course).
 

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