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FBI Looks Into Black Teen's Hanging Death

Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging in North Carolina trailer park

(Newser) - A prosecutor says the FBI is looking into the hanging death of a black North Carolina teen after his family questioned the official ruling that he killed himself. Seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt from a swing set in a trailer park in... More »

Hanged Iranian Woman: 'I Don't Want to Rot in the Soil'

Meanwhile, Amnesty decries 'bloody stain on Iran's human rights record'

(Newser) - Reyhaneh Jabbari lost her life and her years-long court struggle at dawn yesterday, as Iran defied international outcry and hanged the woman convicted of killing her would-be rapist, but she left behind a will with final instructions utterly devoid of rancor, reports the Sunday Times , via the Daily Mail . "... More »

Iran Hangs Woman Despite World Appeals

Reyhaneh Jabbari says she was being sexually assaulted

(Newser) - An international campaign to spare an Iranian woman from hanging seemed to be working over the last month, with authorities granting Reyhaneh Jabbari a temporary stay. Today, though, the message on the campaign's Facebook page reads, "rest in peace," reports the Guardian . Iran's official IRNA news... More »

Autopsy of Hanged Teen Offers Few Answers

Lennon Lacy's family insists he didn't kill himself

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy's autopsy report is out, but it does little to quell the sinister mystery surrounding the North Carolina teen's death. Lennon, 17, died from suffocation as a result of hanging, it says, adding that the dark abrasion circling his neck and the buckle mark under his ear... More »

Sinister Details Surround Teen's Hanging Death

Did Lennon Lacy commit suicide—or is it possible he was lynched?

(Newser) - Lennon Lacy had plans. From a young age, he was determined to become a pro football player, and Aug. 29 was the day of West Bladen High School's season-opening game—a day he'd been looking forward to all summer. But that morning, the high school junior was found... More »

Iran May Spare Woman Who Killed Would-Be Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari accused of killing man during rape attempt

(Newser) - Iranian authorities may have decided not to execute Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has faced the gallows since 2009 after being convicted of killing a man she says tried to rape her, the LA Times reports. Authorities are working to commute the death sentence against the 26-year-old woman, an Iranian judiciary spokesman... More »

Iran to Hang Woman for Killing Would-Be Rapist

Rayhaneh Jabbari maintains her act of self-defense didn't kill the man

(Newser) - It appears Rayhaneh Jabbari will not die today, but the 26-year-old Iranian woman's plight continues to grab international headlines. Jabbari has been sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of a would-be rapist, and Fox News yesterday reported that she managed to place a phone call to her mother... More »

Cops: Pakistani Woman Gang-Raped, Hanged

Three men have confessed, say police

(Newser) - Police are investigating yet another gang rape and hanging of a young woman, this time in Pakistan instead of India. Authorities in the Punjab province area of Layyah say 20-year-old Muzammil Bibi was assaulted by three men in a field, reports Reuters . Her parents found her body hanging from a... More »

4th Woman Found Hanged From Tree in India

Women's security should be the priority: PM

(Newser) - First a string of rape stories , now a wave of similar stories alleged to end from the branch of a tree: A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging in a northern Indian village, and her family says she had been raped. The BBC calls it the fourth such crime in... More »

Iran Hangs Figure in Massive Bank Fraud

He was convicted in $2.6B embezzlement scheme

(Newser) - Iran has its own way of dealing with bank fraud: hanging. State media announced today that a businessman convicted in the nation's biggest embezzlement case was executed today in prison, reports the BBC . Mahafarid Amir-Khosravi was one of four sentenced to death in the case, in which he and... More »

1 in 5 Americans: Bring Back the Gas Chamber

NBC News poll finds most back alternative execution methods

(Newser) - If one in five Americans had their way, the US wouldn't need to worry about an execution drug shortage because, well, we'd be gassing convicts. According to an NBC News poll, about two-thirds of 800 respondents said they would support alternative methods of execution: 20% are for gas... More »

Parents Stop Hanging of Son's Killer at Last Moment

Iranian couple have change of heart

(Newser) - The Guardian has an amazing story from Iran, where the parents of a murdered man spared their son's killer during what was supposed to have been his public execution on Tuesday. The mercy came at the last possible moment for the man, identified only as Balal: The noose was... More »

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 »

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