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96,230. There he arched back until the muzzle touched the centre of his spine ... The air split and clapped together, and the boards on the windows rattled. Girdhari Lall’s head flew up and spun like a black football against the orange glare of the sky. The vacuum of the blast sucked black pieces of flesh and spattered the gunners with blood and bowels. The body flew apart like a bursting water jar, and a shower of entrails and pieces of bone and flesh splashed the faces of the British Officers and Indian sepoys. (India & Execution) John Masters, Nightrunners of Bengal p329
78,546. Well, gentlemen, you about to see a baked Appel. (Last Words & Execution) George Appel, executed by electric chair 1928
78,550. Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries!’ (Last Words & Execution) James French, convicted murderer to press
78,557. I’ll be in Hell before you start breakfast! Let her rip! (Last Words & Hell & Execution) Tom ‘Black Jack’ Ketchum, bank robber before gallows
78,560. We are the first victims of American fascism! (Last Words & Spy & Execution & Fascism) Ethel Rosenberg, spy facing execution 1953
9,106. It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.
To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration. (Philosophy & Execution & Happiness) Albert Camus, The Stranger
12,473. There can be no doubt that Jesus was executed by Rome. (Jesus & Execute) Professor Helen Bond
12,724. I interrogated whether they were Christians. If they confessed it, I repeated the question twice again, adding the threat of capital punishment. If they still persevered, I ordered them to be executed. (Christianity & Execution) Pliny the Younger
30,634. On 19th May 1536 one of the most infamous episodes in English history moved towards its gruesome conclusion: Anne Boleyn, queen and second wife of King Henry VIII, was taken from her quarters in the Tower of London, and with the single blow of a sword became the first queen in Britain's history to be executed. Anne Boleyn's rise to power had been highly controversial. (England & Henry VIII & Execution) The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, BBC 2013
30,764. The bad news is that actually there are simply hundreds of Catholics who desperately want their heads sneaked off and there’s no-one to organise it. (England & Elizabeth & Catholic & Execution) Curtis & Elton, Blackadder II: Head, Elizabeth to Blackadder
30,765. Right then let’s take a look shall we – who’s first in the head basket? (England & Elizabeth & Catholic & Execution) ibid. Blackadder to Percy
30,766. Right, good morning, team, my name is Edward Blackadder and I’m the new minister in charge of religious genocide. (England & Elizabeth & Catholic & Execution) ibid. Blackadder
30,767. Ointment, that’s what you need when you’re head’s been cut off. (England & Elizabeth & Catholic & Execution) ibid. Nursie
30,840. Sweetheart, now they will cut off thy father's head. Mark, child, what I say: they will cut off my head, and perhaps make thee a king. But mark what I say: you must not be a king, so long as your brothers Charles and James do live. (England & Charles I & Execution & King & Advice) Charles I, to son Henry Stuart
30,854. I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it. (England & Civil War & Cromwell & Charles I & Execution) Oliver Cromwell, December 1648
71,758. I hate victims who respect their executioners. Jean-Paul Sartre, Les Sequestres d’Altona 1960
71,759. The common executioner
Whose heart th’ accustomed sight of death makes hard,
Falls not the axe upon the humbled neck
But first begs pardon. William Shakespeare, As You Like It III v 3-6, Silvius to Phoebe
71,760. More can I bear than you are execute. William Shakespeare, II Henry VI IV i 130
71,761. Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps,
And fixed his head upon our battlements. William Shakespeare, Macbeth I ii 22
71,762. Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block. W S Gilbert, The Mikado
71,763. Do not hack me as you did my Lord Russell. (Execution & Last Words) James Duke of Monmouth 1649-85 to executioner
71,764. Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thine office; my neck is very short; take heed therefore thou strike not awry, for saving of thine honesty. (Execution & Last Words) Thomas More to executioner
72,485. The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. (Fantasy & Execution) Game of Thrones s1e1: Winter is Coming, starring Sean Bean & Mark Addy & Nikolai Coster Waldau & Michelle Fairley & Lena Headey & Emilia Clarke & Iain Glen & Harry Lloyd et al, director Tim van Patten, opening scene with dump of dead bodies, Bean to boy
97,100. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. I’m stupid about executions. The idea of being electrocuted makes me sick, and that’s all there was to read about in the papers – goggle-eyed headlines staring up at me on every street corner and at the fusty, peanut-smelling mouth of every subway. It had nothing to do with me, but I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like, being burned alive all along your nerves. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar p1
97,201. After more than two decades on Death Row convicted murderer Nick Tarris made a final petition to the Pennsylvania Courts. He requested that all appeals cease and his sentence of death be carried out. (Execution & Death Sentence) Storyville: A Death Row Tale: The Fear of 13, BBC 2016
97,202. ‘You can still smell the aftershave on the witnesses.’ (Execution & Death Sentence) ibid.
71,297. Fidel Castro is right. You do not quieten your enemy by talking with him like a priest but by burning him. (Enemy & Romania & Execution) Nicolae Ceausescu
100,426. I became involved in the manufacture of execution equipment because I was concerned with the deplorable conditions of the hardware that was in most of the states’ prisons. (Execution & Capital Punishment) Errol Morris, The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jnr, 1999
100,427. I sat down on my own time and at my own expense and made a new design and new equipment available to the states utilizing electrocution at a price far lower than they would have to deal with if they hired an engineering firm to redesign a specific item. (Execution & Capital Punishment) ibid.
100,428. Once the chair broke in half in the state of New York. (Execution & Capital Punishment) ibid.
100,429. If my belief that there were no gas chambers … makes me a revisionist then so be it. (Execution & Capital Punishment) ibid.
100,430. ‘He came from nowhere and he went back to nowhere.’ (Execution & Capital Punishment) ibid.
106,882. Many states in America use the death penalty to punish the worst crimes. On average 45 prisoners are executed each year. Over half of those on Death Row were arrested for murder in their teens or twenties. For two of the youngest men on Death Row in Texas execution day has arrived. (Capital Punishment & Murder: Cobb & Murder: Haynes & Execution & Death Penalty) Life and Death Row s1e1: Execution, BBC 2014
106,883. ‘In 2002 Richard Cobb and Beunka Adams kidnapped three people from a convenience store … one of their victims wound up dead. Adams was executed in April last year; now Richard Cobb faces death by lethal injection.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Cobb & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid. news report
106,884. ‘Houston cop killer Anthony Haynes will be executed by lethal injection.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Haynes & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid. news report
106,885. ‘We received nothing from the US Supreme Court that Anthony Haynes received a stay of execution.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Haynes & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid. legal statement
106,890. ‘The execution is now in progress; he is sitting there with clenched fists; he’s slowly relaxing at this time.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Heinze & Execution & Death Penalty) Life and Death Row s1e2: Judgment, BBC 2014, commentary
106,891. In 2009 22-year-old Guy Heinze was charged with the murders of 8 members of his own family. He’s now on trial for his life in the state of Georgia. (Capital Punishment & Murder: Heinze & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid.
106,892. ‘Police say each of them was beaten with a blunt object.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Heinze & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid. news report
106,893. ‘Suspect says he returned to mobile home and found victims already dead.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Heinze & Execution& Death Penalty) ibid.
106,894. ‘When we get to the crime scene he’s wearing those shorts; underneath, he was wearing silver and black gym shorts - what was found was the blood of three different people from that house.’ (Capital Punishment & Murder: Heinze & Execution & Death Penalty) ibid. prosecutor