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January 15, 2007


"It is impossible for a person to be decapitated during a hanging,"

Uh, no. If the condemned drops much more than six feet, if the rope is of a certain weight and the knot placed just so with respect to the condemned's spine, not only is decapitation possible, depending on the circumstances it may be likely.

I offer that as an observation in physics, by the way, not a moral judgment.

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