The Death Of Capital Punishment Essay

1069 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
“Anyone who takes another person’s life must be put to death” (Teen Life Application Study Bible, Lev. 24:17). Capital punishment in America can be traced back to the earliest civilizations. Many different methods of execution have been used as capital punishment; five common methods include hanging, electrocution, gas chamber, lethal injection, and firing squads. Hanging was the main method of capital punishment until the 1890s (“Descriptions of Execution Methods”). Hangings were started in Persia, which is currently Iran, approximately 2,500 years ago. Criminals were hung from a tree branch or from the back of a cart or horse up until the 1870s (“Lynchings and Hangings of America”). To prepare for the hanging, the criminal would be weighed the day before they were scheduled to be hanged. The executioners would then use a sandbag that weighed the same amount as the criminal to select the length of the hanging rope. It was very important to have the right length of rope; if the rope was too long, it could result in the criminal being decapitated. If the rope was too short, it could take the criminal up to forty-five minutes to strangle to death (“Descriptions of Execution Methods”). Before the hanging could take place, the criminal’s hands and feet were fastened into place, and their eyes were blindfolded. The executioner then positioned the noose around their neck. The hanging occurred when the trap door was opened and the criminal fell through. After the hanging has…

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