Methods of Execution Table of Contents


the rope should be 3/4-inch to 1 1/4-inch in diameter



Firing Squad

five shooters are armed with .30 caliber rifles loaded with single rounds




a jolt of between 500 and 2000 volts which lasts for about 30 seconds



Gas Chamber

executioner flicks a lever that releases crystals of sodium cyanide into the pail



Lethal Injection

two needles are inserted into usable veins, usually in the inmate's arms