Creepy Last Words From Executed Criminals
5 Creepy Last Words From Executed Criminals
On 18 June 1815, the French Army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. This culmination of some twelve years of war between France and the opposing European coalition may have effectively ended the political and military career of Napoleon and led to the deaths of in excess of 51,000 men, but it was not without its curious benefits. For during the first half of the nineteenth century, the most popular and profitable breed of dentures available were those made from genuine second-hand teeth, a sudden surfeit of which had just been rendered effectively up-for-grabs by the cull of 1815. These so-called “Waterloo Teeth” – a moniker which quickly became applicable to any set of teeth pilfered from the mouth of a dead soldier and continued in use throughout the Crimean and American Civil Wars – were vastly preferable to those more commonly used in the eighteenth century. These pre-war teeth were frequently acquired from executed criminals, exhumed bodies, dentists’ patients and even animals and were consequently often rotten, worn down or loaded with syphilis. The prospect of an overabundance of young, healthy teeth to be readily pillaged from the battlefield must have been a dentist’s dream.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider the methods states use to execute criminals – an issue attracting increasing attention, but one the high court has avoided for the better part of a decade. The case – Glossip v. Gross – will focus on one specific drug, Midazolam, that some states are using to render inmates unconscious in capital punishment procedures. Yet it reflects the larger challenges correctional departments are having in obtaining lethal injection drugs in light of a global boycott and increasing public scrutiny.
The death penaltyhas been a hot topic of debate for many, many years. Citizens that are anti-death penalty arguethat it is hypocritical and against God’s law to execute criminals inretaliation for their wrongdoings, while advocates of the death penalty arguethat it should be an eye for an eye. Prior to being executed, it is usually customary for condemned criminalsto take the stage one last time and address the public with his or her finalwords. Whether it is a chilling statement aimed at shocking or upsettingthose in attendance , a light-hearted statement that attempts get few chucklesor a final slap in the face of society, criminals throughout the years have had some pretty interesting thingsto say in the minutes prior to taking their final breath. Thus, the authors argue that it is possible that a substantial decline in criminality can be explained by the eugenics of execution. The authors, assume, however, that executed criminals have no offspring which is unlikely, especially