17 January 2007

AP: Hangings Are Meant to Kill Efficiently

The victims are typically dropped a distance greater than their height through a trapdoor. At this point, the rope becomes rigid, and the force of the noose should break the victim's neck, causing immediate paralysis and unconsciousness. The procedure causes a classic "hangman's fracture" - a break between the head and the neck, effectively snapping the upper cervical spine. In most cases, the victim dies of asphyxiation.


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