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PART 1: Hangings - in the 1800's
The most original form of execution was via hangings. In the early 1800's, the gallows were dreaded by the condemned yet quite revered by spectators - hundreds, and even, thousands would attend public hangings.
Although hangings were intended to end the life of a prisoner within an instant, several hangings went astray - and the condemned died a slow and extremely painful death while being hanged from the neck
Enter the "Upward Jerker"
This was an early innovation which was engineered to better modify hangings. It was developed in the 1830's, and featured a prisoner being strung from the neck while standing on solid ground. The rope was then connected to pulleys which were anchored by heavy weights - usually stones or boulders.
When the weight dropped, the prisoner's head would suddenly be 'jerked' from his body - thus, instantly executing him/her by severing the spinal cord.
By 1845, this became the standard form of the gallows in New York City!
Degrees of the Death Penalty
In the 17th & 18th centuries, the death penalty didn't always lead to an execution. Generally, there were four stages of the death penalty:
1) Mercy upon the condemned: this would entail the guilty
party receiving a pardon after the hearing has concluded
The Mind of a Serial Killer
2) Psychotic killers: serial killers who commit murders in response to an inner voice - or vision - that demands the murders of specific individuals.
3) Hedonistic killers: serial killers who find a thrill in the murder of another individual, and obtain excitement/pleasure from these acts. These killers generally enjoy the power of control over their victims.
Mens Rea (A guilty mind): Becoming
involved in an act of crime through a concept. This means the individual
can be involved in a criminal act resulting from a guilty mind, or the
mental proportion of crime.
2) Social Strain - In attempting to achieve
seemingly unattainable goals, individuals feel a strain to follow
illegitimate routes to achieve success.
Boden - "The Vampire Rapist"
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