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25 Brutal Historical Methods of Execution

elephant crushing

The US remains one of the few countries in the world that still engages in capital punishment.  Historically, however, it was widely used in a wide variety of ways that are sure to make you uncomfortable if you pause to think about it too long.

impaled

walking the plank

guillotine

gallows

iron maiden

skull crusher

claw

eaten by animals

seppuku

firing squad

gas chamber

cement shoes

spanish donkey

judas chair

lethal injection

brazen bull

electric chair

boiling

burned at the stake

catherine wheel

head crushing

drawn and quarteredpressing

sawing

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