The Different Methods of Execution

The following images represent 6 different methods of execution used over time by the State: hanging, gassing, electrocution, pressing, incinerating and lethal injection. All forms except pressing and incinerating are still legal in the United States for exterminating its prisoners.

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Hanging hooks in Berlin, Germany



An efigy of a black man hangs in Plano, Texas



A monument reminds us that some witches were hanged to death in Salem, Massachusetts



A gas chamber in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp



Gas pellets used in the gas chamber for executions at Mauthausen



Ovens were used to burn bodies at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany



Beware of Electric Shock (Paris, France)



"Old Sparky" - a retired method of execution in Huntsville, Texas



A monument reminds us that some witches were pressed to death in Salem, Massachusetts



The gurney where prisoners are administered a lethal dose of drugs for execution purposes in Raleigh, North Carolina



A needle once used for lethal injections in Huntsville, Texas



A needle once used for lethal injections at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp



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