1. The execution of Willie Francis.
Willie Francis was 16 years old when he was convicted of murder. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Andrew Thomas, a pharmacist who employed him in 1944.
Arrested nine months later after a wallet that belonged to the deceased was found on him.
Without much trials he was sentenced to death. There were many speculations that he may not have been responsible for the crime.
On May 3,1946 he was to be executed by the electric chair. The set up of the electric chair was improperly done by a drunk guard. This caused the chair to malfunction and the surge of electricity meant to kill him was not enough to get the job done.He was the first person to have survived an execution by the electric chair.
He was finally executed a year later on May 9 , 1947.There have been many cases of failed executions, but the execution of Willie Francis is the the only one where the prisoner had to wait for a whole full year to executed again.
2. Saddam Hussain :
You might ask what's strange in his execution, I looked strange for me because, his execution video was recorded.
The execution of one of the cruel man’s video was recorded and its available in youtube still.
Irony is that, he while being executed uttered ‘fuck you’ to the executioner before being hanged
3. Oliver Cromwell
During the English Civil Wars (1642–51) Cromwell emerged from being a provincial MP to being one of the most powerful Parliamentarian leaders, and he was one of the 59 regicides who signed the death warrant of Charles I in 1649, leading to his execution.
The execution of a king for treason is pretty strange, but that’s not the strangest one.
Cromwell was eventually made Lord Protector in 1653, becoming the only English Head of State to have been a commoner, not a monarch (apart from his son, who briefly succeeded him). He died suddenly in 1658 and was buried in Westminster Abbey with great fanfare. After a year of political manoeuvering, Charles I’s son was invited to resume the Crown.
Charles II was not inclined to be lenient to those who signed his father’s death warrant. While some who served under Cromwell went on to flourish under his rule, his retribution was cruel against the regicides. The image of the ‘merry monarch’ is quite misplaced.
Twelve of the 59 were hung, drawn and quartered. In addition, Cromwell - along with Henry Ireton and John Bradshaw, who had also died - were exhumed. Cromwell and Ireton’s bodies spent the night of 28 January 1661 at the Red Lion, Holborn.
On 30 January 1661, exactly twelve years after Charles I’s execution, the three bodies were dragged through London to Tyburn and hanged, despite being in quite advanced states of decomposition.
Cromwell’s body was decapitated and the head placed on a spike above Westminster Hall. It blew down in a storm 24 years later, and the head passed through various hands before being buried at his alma mater Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.
There is a rumour that, while at the Red Lion, Cromwell’s body was swapped for another, and his body was privately buried by his family at Newburgh Priory.
The posthumous execution of a head of state is as cruel and strange as you might expect from the early modern age.
4. William Kemmler
On 6 August 1890, a convicted murderer named William Kemmler became the first person in history to be executed by electric chair. He took it calmly, with serene good humour. Moments before the current was switched on, he said ‘Take it easy and do it properly, I’m in no hurry’. But it was not done properly. In the words of a New York Times article, ‘The execution cannot merely be characterized as unsuccessful. It was so terrible that the words fail to convey the idea.’
The horror of what happened to William Kemmler that day had a grim irony to it, because the electric chair had actually been developed as a more ‘civilised’ alternative to hanging. In fact, the man who came up with the idea, Alfred P. Southwick from Buffalo, New York, had a medical background, working as a dentist even as he developed the concept of execution by electricity.
Dr. Southwick applauded Kemmler’s execution with the declaration,while American inventor George Westinghouse, an innovator of the use of electricity, remarked.
5.Giuseppe Di Matteo
This is a sad Sicilian story. This is the story of Giuseppe Di Matteo. This is a story that shows that ‘men of honor’ falsely claim ‘man’ as well as ‘honor’. This is a story that shows what mafia is all about.
Giuseppe Di Matteo was kidnapped in late 1993, when he was 13 years old. The kidnappers dressed as policemen had no problem misleading the boy. His father, you see, was working as an informer with the justice department. He lived in a secret location, far from his family. The fake policemen told the boy they were bringing him there. The boy hugged and thanked his kidnappers.
During the whole of 1994 the criminals moved the boy from one to another hiding place. They tried to negotiate through the boy’s grandfather. Only one was their request: make the father stop talking.
In the summer of 1995 they locked the boy up in a bunker. They kept him there for 180 days. Eventually the boy was strangled and dissolved in nitric acid.
This remains a ‘strange’ execution. It shows the incapacity and immorality of mafia. During the 25 month kidnapping, many people were involved, even more knew. And not a trace of mercy. Not a sign of conscience, empathy or compassion. The mere fact they strangled the boy strikes me as strange.
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