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New Hangman Sees Gallows, Quits

Sri Lanka searching for replacement

(Newser) - Sri Lanka is looking for a new hangman after its latest recruit quit in horror at his first sight of the gallows. The country's prison commissioner says the man was "shocked and afraid" after seeing the gallows after a week of training, reports the BBC . He is the... More »

Lethal Drugs Now Rare, States Eye Old-School Executions

Drug shortage raises talk of firing squads, electrocution

(Newser) - With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions, and gas chambers. Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago, but to some elected... More »

Iran: 'No Need' to Hang Man a Second Time

Execution survivor may get reprieve

(Newser) - The hangman who botched the execution of a drug smuggler in Iran earlier this month might not get a chance to finish the job after all. The country's justice minister says there is "no need" to re-hang the man, who was pronounced dead by a doctor after 12... More »

Iran Botches Man's Hanging, Plans a Do-Over

If at first you don't succeed...

(Newser) - On the laundry list of public despair over government's inability to do anything right, "executing criminals" doesn't usually get a mention—particularly in Iran, which is more than a little practiced at capital punishment . But the Guardian presents the case of Alireza, a 37-year-old drug smuggler sentenced... More »

Ohio Convict Found Hanged Days Before Execution

Billy Slagle had been trying to get a new trial, was denied clemency

(Newser) - An Ohio convict sitting on death row was found hanged in his cell this morning, just days before he was to be executed on Wednesday. Billy Slagle, 44, was declared dead shortly after he was found at 5am; he had been convicted in the 1987 fatal stabbing of a Cleveland... More »

Russian Tycoon's Death Looks Like Hanging

But police will continue probe into Boris Berezovsky's death

(Newser) - A post-mortem examination found that self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky died by hanging, and there was nothing pointing to a violent struggle, British police said. Thames Valley Police said today that further tests, including toxicology examinations, will be carried out. The force did not specify whether the 67-year-old businessman hanged... More »

India Hangs Man Over Attack on Parliament

Protests break out in Kashmir; 2001 assault left 14 dead

(Newser) - A Kashmiri man convicted in a 2001 attack on India's Parliament that left 14 people dead was hanged today after a final mercy plea was rejected. Mohammed Afzal Guru had been on death row since 2002, but his execution was delayed after his wife filed a mercy petition with... More »

Iran Executes Muggers Who Took Man's Coat

Video of crime was posted to YouTube

(Newser) - After pledging to get tough on growing street crime, Iran has publicly hanged two muggers who took a man's coat, bag, and cash in November, in a crime that was videotaped and posted to YouTube. The convicts were hanged by crane, whose operators lifted the men from the ground... More »

Nurse in Royal Prank Left 3 Suicide Notes

Coroner reveals Jacintha Saldanha used scarf to hang herself

(Newser) - Jacintha Saldanha , the nurse who answered the now-infamous prank call asking about Kate Middleton, left not one but three suicide notes, a coroner's inquest in Britain heard today. A police detective chief inspector revealed that two notes were found at the scene , and a third was tucked among... More »

Iran Hangs Man for Killing Nuclear Scientist

Majid Jamali Fashi convicted in Masoud Ali Mohammadi's death

(Newser) - Iran has hanged a man who was sentenced to death for the 2010 killing of a nuclear physicist, state TV reported today. Majid Jamali Fashi, who had been accused of being an agent of the Israeli spy agency, the Mossad, was hanged in Tehran this morning. Tehran University physics professor... More »

Actor Playing Judas Hangs Himself During Play

Brazilian dies after Good Friday accident

(Newser) - A Brazilian actor playing Judas who accidentally hanged himself during a scene in "The Passion of Christ" has died. A hospital in Brazil's Sao Paulo state confirms on its website the death of 27-year-old Tiago Klimeck. An autopsy is being performed today following his death the previous day.... More »

Circus Prodigy, 10, Dies in Accident

Caleb 'Flip' Kors killed in hanging accident in bedroom

(Newser) - A 10-year-old acrobat, juggler, and street-performing phenom has died in a mysterious hanging accident at his Washington home, leaving adoring fans stunned and bereft. Caleb "Flip" Kors was found strangled in his bedroom among his acrobatic equipment, and may have been climbing to retrieve something for a costume, reports... More »

Taliban Hangs 8-Year-Old Afghan Boy

Father refused to give militants a police vehicle

(Newser) - The Taliban has hanged an 8-year-old boy, in tragic retribution after the boy's cop father refused to give militants a police vehicle, reports CNN. The child was kidnapped Friday in the southern province of Helmand, and killed at an unknown point after that. President Hamid Karzai condemned the boy'... More »

In Country of 1.2B, India Can't Find a Hangman

State of Assam grows desperate to find its next executioner

(Newser) - An unusual job search began in India last month: The country of 1.2 billion is desperately seeking ... a hangman. The New York Times paints a fascinating picture of a country that is no stranger to grisly murders and honor killings, but one in which capital punishment is an extremely... More »

Iran Hangs 'Temporary Wife' in Murder

Mistress had been convicted in slaying of soccer star's wife

(Newser) - Iran hanged the mistress of a former soccer star today, the final chapter in a long saga that entranced the nation and highlighted the place of "temporary wives" in Iranian society. Shahla Jahed had been jailed for eight years in the murder of her lover's wife after convictions in... More »

Saddam Crony Tariq Aziz Will Hang

Death sentence for Iraq's elderly former foreign minister

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging today for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when the 74-year-old would be put to death. The death sentence was for a conviction... More »

Suicide Dad Kills Toddler Daughters, Wife

They all 'seemed so happy,' says friend

(Newser) - A distraught British dad fatally stabbed his toddler daughters and wife, then hanged himself from a banister in the family home, according to law enforcement authorities. The bodies were found by the girls' visiting grandmother, who discovered her granddaughters, ages 1 and 2, tucked under a duvet on a bed,... More »

Andrew Koenig Hanged Himself: Source

Friends found Growing Pains actor, 41, in tree deep in Vancouver park

(Newser) - A source close the investigation into Andrew Koenig's death tells E! the 41-year-old was found hanging from a tree in a Vancouver park yesterday. The actor's father, Star Trek star Walter Koenig, said only that his son committed suicide during a news conference yesterday; the source says a search party... More »

Tea Partier Wants Wash. Dem Hung

Lonesome Dove treatment for Sen. Patty Murray

(Newser) - One woman at a weekend Tea Party gathering in eastern Washington state invoked frontier justice in suggesting how fellow audience members ought to treat Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat seen as vulnerable in November’s elections. “How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove?” asked the woman,... More »

Alexander McQueen Dead at 40, Apparent Suicide

Fashion designer found in apparent suicide

(Newser) - British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, is dead of an apparent suicide just weeks before the unveiling of his Fashion Week show in Paris. He is believed to have been found hanged in his London apartment, the Mail reports. His Twitter feed, which has since been removed, included a post... More »

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