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Under what legal theory was Mary Surratt hanged as an assassin of President Lincoln in 1865?

This is a legal issue that is perhaps better for Law SE than History SE (I'm on both sites). Mary Surratt was found guilty of "conspiracy" to kill Lincoln. Under that legal theory, being part of a ...
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Did Lenin order the execution of the Romanovs?

tl;dr Nobody knows. If you haven't found anything conclusive, you are not alone: there's no agreement among the historians, either. Some say Lenin was not at all responsible, that the execution was ...
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Why did the Nazis guillotine criminals but mostly hang political enemies, and why were the White Rose group an exception?

The key distinction was not between beheading and hanging, but rather "good" and "bad" beheading and "good" and "bad" hanging. Which in turn depended on the skill of the executioner. More highly ...
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Why did the Nazis guillotine criminals but mostly hang political enemies, and why were the White Rose group an exception?

One reason is that hanging is regarded to be one of the more disgraceful ways to kill a person, normally reserved for petty criminals, while beheading or shooting was regarded to be more 'honorable'. ...
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What was the biggest empire that never had capital punishment?

It is hard to answer your question. Are you asking about the biggest empire that never ever had capital punishment during its entire existence as an empire? The problem with that would be defining ...
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Were any French aristocrats guillotined facing up?

New World Encyclopedia: [in 19th century Germany]... victim being decapitated either face up or down depending on how the executioner predicted they would react to the sight of the machine The ...
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Did Lenin order the execution of the Romanovs?

From Robert Messie "Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty." (If you do not know, Ilyich in this context means Lenin.) The link between the party ...
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Were any French aristocrats guillotined facing up?

Cursory googling suggests they were always face down during the French Revolution. The Aftermath of the French Revolution by James R Arnold, for instance, notes in the Robespierre entry that: ...
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First execution by firing squad

Humayun, son of the first Mughal Emperor Babur, has been credited with the first execution by firing squad. Over one hundred prisoners of war were captured along with around eight war elephants. ...
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How old was the youngest white person sentenced to death in the U.S.A?

It is certainly possible that, if one considers persons put to death by the civil and military officials of the Confederate States of America to be legally executed instead of murdered, the ...
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What happened to all the French guillotines?

There's one in the Museum of Police next to an actual police station in Paris, Quartier Latin. Address: 4 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève - 75005 Paris
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Has capital penalty ever been a municipal-level decision?

Yes, this was common practise in the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The republic was as loose a confederation as can possibly be. Each of the provinces was largely independent, and within ...
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Why did the Nazis guillotine criminals but mostly hang political enemies, and why were the White Rose group an exception?

I know a lot about this subject so if I may, I will share it: Hitler decreed that the uniform execution method throughout German and the "Greater Reich" would be beheading by fallbeil (...
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