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Horrible Ways to Die: Entry #6

In: Horrible Ways to Die

Posted By: The Booze at 6:08 pm

5 Oct 2009

Execution by Elephant

Execution by elephant was, for thousands of years, a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia, and particularly in India. Asian Elephants were used to crush, dismember, or torture captives in public executions. The trained animals were versatile, able to kill victims immediately or to torture them slowly for a prolonged period. Employed by royalty, the elephants were representative both of absolute power and the ruler’s ability to control wild animals.

We’ve gone from elephants to electric chairs to lethal injection. Today’s death row inmates don’t realize how easy they have it. Talk about some lucky sons of bitches.

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