A Brief History
On September 19, 1692, Giles Corey, age 81, became a footnote in the history of America by becoming the first and only man to be “pressed” to death during the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Today, we ask our readers and viewers, “What is the Most Horrible Way to be Executed?”
We list a few possible answers, but feel free to name your own:
Burning at the Stake
Drawing and Quartering
Eaten by critters (such as rats, ants, lions, etc.)
Skinned Alive (or Flaying)
Question for students (and subscribers): What execution would you fear the most? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
Your readership is much appreciated!
For more information, please see…
Butcher-Dawson, Laura. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT & EXECUTIONS: CRIMES THRU THE TIMES. Independently published, 2022.
Liddell, Stephen. 101 Most Horrible Tortures In History: History Needn’t be torture! Kindle, 2015.
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