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mandag 25. oktober 2010


Decapitation, or beheading, is a way of execution where the head is parted from the body.
It is one of the oldest execution methods, and the person died instantly. Usually they use an axe or a sword, later on they invested better and easier execution methods, such as the guillotine.

When a person loses its head, the brain will not receive the oxygen it needs, and the person will therefore faint and short after die.

If the execution is not done in the right way, the person will have a very painfull death, so it is important that the man who is in charge of the execution is experienced.

The last person that was executed by decapitation in Norway, was Kristoffer Nilsen Svartbækken Grindalen, 21. february, 1876.

Some animals such as cockroaches can survive decapition, and die, not because of it, but because of starvation.

Anne Boleyn where decapitation by sword.

4 kommentarer:

  1. Hjelp!
    Kan noen replye her hva brukernavn var igjen? jeg husker passord >.<

  2. You can find that information in the power point on ITL! :)

  3. Decapitation didn't always lead to instant death. There was an executioner who got drunk on the day he was to execute a former king. The first blow missed, and the second hit the shoulder, while the third just briefly hit the neck without killing the condemned, just causing him a lot of pain. The forth hit the shoulder again, and the audience could hear the victim groan in faint pain before the fifth stroke chopped the head off.

  4. The person beheading the condemned was known as a headsman or an executioner. The executioner was usually presented with a warrant authorizing him to execute the sentence without being charged with murder. Executioners usually travelled large distances to perform the executions, and would also administer non-lethal punishments such as torture if ordered to.