Execution Methods
Electric Chair
Strapped to a chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body.
Hanging
Put to death by suspension by the neck.
Beheading
Death by separation of head from body.
Burning
Bound to a stake and burned alive.
Gas Chamber
An apparatus for killing humans, consisting of a sealed chamber into which a poisonous or asphyxiant gas is introduced.
Lethal Injection
Injecting a person with a fatal dose of drugs for the express purpose of causing the immediate death of the subject.
Firing Squad
Method of capital punishment, particularly common in the military and in times of war.
Stoning
Capital punishment whereby an organized group throws stones at an individual until the person dies.
Garrote
Method where executioner tightens a metal band around the condemned's neck until his/her neck breaks or dies of suffocation.
Crucifixion
An ancient method of painful execution in which the condemned is tied or nailed to a wooden cross and left to hang until dead.
Drowning
Drowning is often considered less brutal and is used often on women.
Seppuku
A form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Used in placed of executions for samurais.
Sacrificial
The person dies in a ritual sacrifice that may or may not be voluntary.
Other Methods
Other alternative forms of execution.