The eight execution methods discussed here are those most widely practiced in an official capacity in the modern world. But it's worth mentioning that governments (including, at times, our own) have been known to kill prisoners through other, less "official" means--ranging from gunshots (no questions asked) to chemical weapons (as Saddam Hussein authorized against thousands of Iraqi Kurds during the Anfal Campaign of 1988) to starvation (the primary means by which the North Korean government manages to kill so many prisoners without handing out more formal death sentences).
|Lethal Injection||Gas Chamber Executions||The Electric Chair||Execution by Firing Squad|
|Death by Hanging||Death by Stoning||Death by Beheading||Death by Crucifixion|
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