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Too fat to Hang??

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
This man is a murderer! He was to fat to hang. Come on people!! Were they afraid he was going to break the rope or what?? And who hangs people anymore?!

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post #2 of 22
Why didn't they stick him on a diet like they do overweight patients before an operation, then they could have done the deed.

I didn't think they hung people these days either?!.
post #3 of 22
It stated that at that time, 1994!!, it was Washington's only method of execution..

Wha??? Barbaric.
post #4 of 22
They were afraid that when the hatch opened, his body would tear away from his head. Pretty gross, I dont think I would want to see that.
post #5 of 22
I remember reading that after Washington State reinstated the death penalty, two of the first people executed were decapitated, so the worry was justified.
post #6 of 22
Justified worry, perhaps, but IMO the end result is the same. Dead is dead.
post #7 of 22
Maybe he just needed a little more Dodge Ball in his life...
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by jcat
I remember reading that after Washington State reinstated the death penalty, two of the first people executed were decapitated, so the worry was justified.
So are we not justified in worrying about whether some lunatic is going to whack us on the street? If they didn't want to hang him, they should have given him the chair!
That's our left-leaning legislature for you. Sometimes I wonder if the lot of them has two brain cells to share?
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Justified worry, perhaps, but IMO the end result is the same. Dead is dead.

I agree. I highly doubt this guy thought about...humane or not so gruesome when he was killing..
post #10 of 22
Most states now use lethal injection but, if the conviction was prior to the lethal injection statute, the condemned person has the option of dying by the old method. Utah and (I believe) one other state still have the firing squad option.

AZ still has its gas chamber and a few years ago, a pair of brothers opted for the chamber. After the first one was gassed, the other changed his mind and let them stick the needle in him.

Prior to the gas, AZ executed by hanging. In the 1930s, a woman was executed and decapitated. This was considered so gruesome, that the switch was made to the gas chamber.

As for this guy possibly being decapitated, if the hangman knows what he's doing, calculates the proper counterweight and places the knot properly, the neck snaps and the comdemned person dies instantly.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by katl8e
As for this guy possibly being decapitated, if the hangman knows what he's doing, calculates the proper counterweight and places the knot properly, the neck snaps and the comdemned person dies instantly.
I believe that when Washington started using the death penalty again, they either didn't have experienced hangmen, or the ones they had were out of practice. It makes you wonder why they didn't pass a law allowing another method.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Justified worry, perhaps, but IMO the end result is the same. Dead is dead.
I suspect they were more concerned with the impact a decapitation would have on the folks that administer the punishment. Presiding over an execution is bad enough and I think witnessing a decapitation would be quite traumatic.

I'm with you on dead is dead ... but don't forget about the corrections folks that have to be there as part of their job.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by katl8e
As for this guy possibly being decapitated, if the hangman knows what he's doing, calculates the proper counterweight and places the knot properly, the neck snaps and the comdemned person dies instantly.
Not that this is a funny subject because really it's not—but it disturbs me a little bit that you know this.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by evnshawn
Not that this is a funny subject because really it's not—but it disturbs me a little bit that you know this.
That's cute because I had your exact thought when I read that
post #15 of 22
Wow, what a gruesome thread.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by evnshawn
Not that this is a funny subject because really it's not—but it disturbs me a little bit that you know this.
For many years, I lived in Tombstone and was a tour guide. As such, I had to have a good knowledge of Arizona history.

One of the stops on my walking tours was the Tombstone Courthouse, with its replica of the gallows. The seven criminals who were hanged at the courthouse are all buried in Boothill Cemetery, another stop on the tour.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by katl8e
For many years, I lived in Tombstone and was a tour guide. As such, I had to have a good knowledge of Arizona history.

One of the stops on my walking tours was the Tombstone Courthouse, with its replica of the gallows. The seven criminals who were hanged at the courthouse are all buried in Boothill Cemetery, another stop on the tour.
What a fantastic job!
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
So is it like haunted or what! That is a cool job!!
post #19 of 22
Where i work they used to keep the dead bodies during WW2 in the basement and a few minutes down the street theres a place called "Gallowgate" which is where they hung people in the square ( hence the name)

I love history like that
post #20 of 22
I would get the injection done
post #21 of 22
Until a few years ago, AZ had not executed anyone, since 1963. When an execution WAS finally scheduled, the gas chamber had to be thoroughly tested and approved by the EPA (don't want cyanide gas escaping into the outside).

The witnesses descriptions of the execution were so horrific, the anti-death penalty groups started their "cruel and unusual" rant again (never mind the cruelty inflicted on the victims).

In order to save the death penalty, a measure was placed on the ballot, to make lethal injection the legal method of execution. Needless to say, it passed. I voted FOR it - I don't care HOW they off these criminals, as long as they are gone.

AZ still has an operational gas chamber - anyone convicted BEFORE the law was passed has the choice of method. To date, only one has chosen the chamber.
post #22 of 22
Sounds like a fairly interesting job.
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