They Just Refused to Die: The Death Penalties That Didn’t Go As Expected – Curious

They Just Refused to Die: The Death Penalties That Didn’t Go As Expected – Curious
They Just Refused to Die: The Death Penalties That Didn’t Go As Expected – Curious

Well execution should not be torture. The death penalty in itself is sufficient because it condemns to death.

Yes, but history knows many methods of achieving this goal. Sometimes, however, executions do not go according to plan, often ending in prolonged suffering for the victims.

Here are some of the most famous such cases over the centuries:

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell was sentenced to death by King Henry VIII, for whom he served as chief minister. According to the data, it took several blows to decapitate him, not one as usual. July 28, 1540 was the day of his death.

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Mary, Queen of Scots

In 1587, it took three blows with an ax to separate the head of Mary, Queen of Scots from her body. The first blow was reportedly to the back of her head, the second killed her, and only with the third blow was the decapitation complete and successful.

Robert-Francois Damien

Damien was sentenced to death by dismemberment after attempting to assassinate King Louis XV of France. However, his limbs could not be severed while being pulled by horses, so they were cut off instead. He died on March 28, 1757.

William Kemmler

The American William Kemmler was the first person in the world to be executed in the electric chair. He gets the death penalty after killing his wife. William Kemmler was executed on August 6, 1890, but things did not go as planned.

It takes two attempts and a total of eight minutes to kill him, resulting in his blood vessels rupturing, causing him to bleed. Pictured is the chair used in Kemmler’s execution.

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Willie Francis

Francis was scheduled to be executed in the electric chair on May 3, 1946, but survived. The officer in charge was intoxicated and failed to properly adjust the chair and deliver the correct current to kill Francis.

Francis eventually returned to the electric chair on May 9, 1947, and this time the deed was done right.

Frank Joseph Coppola

Frank Joseph Coppola was the first inmate executed in Virginia since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

The electric chair used at the Virginia State Penitentiary set Coppola’s head and legs on fire during his 1982 execution.

Pedro Medina

Medina’s execution in Florida in 1997 was also botched, after his head burst into flames and the execution hall filled with smoke.

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti

Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and former head of Iraqi intelligence, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, was sentenced to be hanged in 2007. But miscalculations about the rope and his body weight led to his beheading.

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