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5 Convicted Criminals Who Cheated Death

Execution is the way we've been getting rid of criminals for centuries. Once in a while, these executions go wrong and you get a criminal who cheated death.

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Posted by Jimm - August 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

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Five Last Meals Of Convicted Criminals

Last MealThis week, Texas decided to take away a prisoner’s last meal after convicted murderer Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered a large dinner as his last meal and then refused to eat it.  Lawmakers said “enough is enough” and have cancelled this tradition from the Texas death row.  Do you think this is right?  Should prisoners sentenced to death be given a last meal?  Almost all societies, all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome, offer their prisoners a last meal.  In Middle Age Europe, the last meal was thought of as a peace offering from the judge, jury, and executioner to the condemned person.  By giving them one last meal, they felt that the ghost of the person would not haunt them.  Additionally, a large last meal (combined with lots of alcohol) often calms the condemned person’s nerves before being executed – which, in turn, makes it easier for justice to be carried out.  Throughout the years, there have been some odd choices for last meals.  Here are five of them. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - September 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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Five Ancient Execution Methods Still Used Today

Capital Punishment: The Death PenaltyFrom our Strange and Weird News file, I’ve looked into different types of execution methods that have been used for a long time.  Capital punishment – or executing a person for a crime has been around since before recorded history.  Some methods proved to be more effective than others and have continued to be used to the current times. Here are five methods of execution that are still in use today that you might have thought ended centuries ago. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - May 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

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