Posted by (sic) in (beheadings, famous executions, executions) on February-17-2008 (9) Comments  Read More

The execution famous execution of Mary, Queen of Scotts by beheading… just sick execution by beheading.

Off with her head… Click Here to Watch the Video of the beheading or the image below.

beheading of Mary Queen of Scotts

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Posted by (sic) in (burning, executions, middle east executions) on February-17-2008 (1) Comment  Read More

burning hostages alive in grizzly execution by fire">Al Qaeda allegedly burning its hostages alive now

The video below shows these terrorists pouring gasoline or another combustible liquid on the victims then putting them a blaze alive. These men were set on fire and burned alive by the terrorists.

from Fox news

“Al Qaeda’s latest display of terror has made its way onto the Internet, showing horrifying images of what appear to be prisoners in Iraq being doused with an inflammatory liquid and then burned alive.”

Click Here to download the video of the purported burning alive of hostages by Al Qaeda

al qaeda burns hostages alive

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Stoning of women in Iran

This is video demonstrates what happens during a execution by stoning.  Stoning is practiced in Islamic culture in order to maintain fear and submission of the women. In the video, they wrap the victim in cloth dress, dig a hole and put the woman to be stoned into the hole with half her body above ground. Later, everyone throws mid sized stones at the victim till she is dead.

It is important that the stones be the right size, too small and not enough pain is inflicted and too large may actually kill the person before they are well tortured. Stoning is a punishment that is reserved for crimes of “morality” such as adultery. I assume these same people see no “moral” issue with killing.

For those doing the stoning, it is a social event that becomes more of a religious sport than a true act of moral self-righteousness.  The footage taken in Iran illustrates a party like atmosphere of those carrying out the execution. It is reminiscent of the family picnics at the old Wild West hangings or the popularity of people watching the slaughter of gladiators in early Rome.

Here as an example of a crime punishable by stoning: 2001-OCT: Nigeria: Safiya Hussaini Tungar-Tudu, a 30-year-old pregnant woman, had asked a Sharia court in Sokoto state to force a man that she alleged had raped her, to pay for her daughter’s naming ceremony. The court refused, and then charged her with engaging in sexual intercourse outside of marriage. She was sentenced to be stoned to death. The man that she allegedly had sex with was freed by the court for lack of evidence. She successfully appealed the conviction.

Here is another, I am a bit confused at the adultery charge since the woman was not married.

2000-FEB: United Arab Emirates: Kartini binti Karim, (a.k.a. Ms. Karteen Karikanderan), an unmarried citizen of Indonesia, was working as a housemaid in the United Arab Emirates when her pregnancy was detected. She and a man — a citizen of India — were charged with adultery. She was convicted; he fled the country before he could be arrested. She was placed on trial without a lawyer or a translator, “…alone and equipped with barely any word of the local language,” . She was not told that she had a right to communicate with her embassy. Her embassy was not informed in advance of the trial. Under the UAE’s form of Sharia, she was sentenced to death by stoning. The Indonesian government hired a lawyer and translator to appeal her case.

A public spectacle, the crowd comes out in masses to be witness and entertained by the suffering of a helpless victim. I guess even in modern times nothing pleases the sick masses more that a good public execution and blood.

Click this link to watch the stoning execution video

stoning a muslim woman execution

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Posted by (sic) in (public, hangings) on February-4-2008 (0) Comments  Read More

Most infamous of all US executions may be the lynchings of the early 1900’s. Unlike a legal hanging where a person went to trial and got sentanced to death, a lynching is done by way of mob rule to satisfy a crowd and too often for entertainment value.

Lynchings literally got the crowds out for a community and family get together.

“First the white lynch mob would advertise that there will be a lynching of a blackman to attract a large crowd.

Then the black man will be put on display to arouse excitement, suspense and awe.

As the crowd grows large they start screaming for his blood.

Then the crowd may be allowed to walk past the blackman while they spit on him and throw rocks and bricks at him.

Then he is slowly cut up, beginning with his ears and fingers. These will be sold later and passed around as souvenirs or trophies.

Then his penis is cut off and put in a jar for everyone to look at.

Finally, the black man will be either hung high in a tree for all to see, or he will be set on fire; and thereby ending his torture and agony!!!”

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Here is a pretty famous execution! The execution by hanging of Big Mary the 5 ton circus elephant.

At first glance this does look like a joke of somekind.. you really gotta look at the image and say WTF! This is the biggest lynching in history for sure.

But it is relynching of big mary the elephant in 1916al, this is the lynching of an elephant named Mary.

The year is 1916 and vigilante justice is the rage, whether its a negro or an elephant at the end of the noose does not seem to matter, townspeople come out in mobs, a family affair, to see the spectacle of a good lynching to satisfy the bloodlust.

War was raging and… It was a good year for scapegoats. It was a good year to hang an elephant.

I do say lynching because lynching is the execution without trial carried out by an angry mob… and yes, there was a town angry at Mary.

A circus came to town along with the elephants, clown and trained seals. Mary the elephant was billed as the largest elephant around with the promoters hyping her up as have killed a dozen people for the show.
Wade Ambrose, who was 20 at the time Mary was hung, recalls that the roustabouts chained Mary’s leg to the rail, then drove her companions back around the roundhouse.

“They had a time getting the chain around her neck. Then they hooked the boom to the neck chain, and when they began to lift her up, I heard the bones and ligaments cracking in her foot. They finally discovered that she’d not been released from the rail, so they did that.”

For the rest of the story about the elephant lynching check out justsickshit.com

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Posted by (sic) in (beheadings, executions) on January-7-2008 (0) Comments  Read More

This is an odd video, this man gets held hostage, shot and knows he is about to be beheaded, but he stays very calm and cool. Strange? maybe he just accepted his very sad fate. Guess you can say he kinda kept his head about the situation… for a few minutes at least.

Click Here - Video shot and beheaded execution 

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Man is run over by truck in this very, very bloody execution video.

Click Here to download video of man run over by truck

execution of man as he is run over by a truck in this sick, bloody and wicked video clip

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Posted by (sic) in (executions, middle east executions, public) on January-7-2008 (21) Comments  Read More

Impalement in the Middle East. This is a really sick graphic video of a Middle East execution by impalement. This is really grizley and bizarre. I do not know what this man did or was accused of doing, but the punishment is way harsh.It is also public with the community watching cheering and clapping as this man suffers impaled on a pole. Click Here to download video of Impalement

impalement video

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Posted by (sic) in (War, beheadings, executions) on January-3-2008 (14) Comments  Read More

The Nanking Massacre is not well known and is overshadowed by the so many other autrocities commited during the war.  However, the same amount of people were killed in China at the hands of the cruel Japanese soldiers as died in Hiroshima and Nagosaki

The Japanese did not just kill the Chinese civilians, they tortured them in any and every cruel way possible and enjoyed the power of doing so. The soldiers raped the women, set people on fire, ripped out beating hearts and took pictures as souvenirs… In most these pictures the Japanese monsters are smiling, surrounded by the bloody victims.
In fact it was so horrific that there are even reports that some Nazi soldiers tried to help some of the innocent Chinese citizens. It’s a sad state when a culture is so sick and inhuman that make the Nazis look “warm” by comparison.

“To boost the morale and courage of new recruits during the war, we experimented with bayoneting the enemy. That meant using POWs or local civilians as live targets. New recruits without experience would learn form this practice.” (Yin,156) 



Its hard to believe how 100000’s of people can be so sick, cruel and monsterous. But this type of cruelty was part of a culture built on honor and the sword and even though I do not agree with the way the west reacted to Japanese people outside of Japan, especially the US who gathered em all up and put them into a prison, I can sure understand it.

Think about it, if it was the other way around with 100′000  Americans living in Japan, they would have beheaded the lot and not bothered with the jail.

field of skulls japan beheads chinese

The Japanese knew which form of torture would produce the most painful experience for the victim before they would die. The soldiers performed disembowelment, decapitation, crucifixion, carved out big pieces of human flesh, and there are incidents where the Chinese had their eyes gouged out and their noses and ears chopped off before setting them aflame. The Japanese troops gathered a group of about 200 people and “stripped naked, tied to columns and doors of a school, and then stabbed [them with] zhuizi -special needles with handles on them- in hundreds of points along their bodies, including their mouths, throats, and eyes.” (Chang, 87)


Shiro Asuma, former soldier…tells him story…’An old man who I think was a grandfather was holding onto his grandson. I killed the child while they were hugging. The boy was about 10 years old. And then the blood came out [after Asuma’s thrust of his bayonet]. The grandfather started to suck the blood. When I saw this, I thought it was so cruel. In trying to resuscitate the dying child’s life, the grandfather looked so pitiful. Still, I stabbed and killed the grandfather. Both of them died.’” (Yin, 156)

1937 Japan - Here is a passage from a soldiers diary

“…Recently, when we were very bored, we had some
fun killing Chinese. We caught some innocent Chinese
and either buried them alive, or pushed them into a
fire, or beat them to death with clubs, or killed
them by other cruel means.”
-except from a Japanese soldier’s diary



” Today, we did it again. We pushed innocent Chinese down and beat them up.
When they were half dead,
he pushed them into ditches and burned them,
torturing them to death. Everyone gets his entertainment
this way to get rid of the boredom. If this had happened in Japan,
it would be an enormous incident. But
here it’s like killing dogs and cats.”
–an excerpt from a Japanese soldier’s diary


Everyone has heard about Hiroshima and Nagosaki, but how many have heard of this.. not many - Japanese crimes against humanity in WWII

The Japanese had a vision which placed them as the dominant country destined

to conquer East Asia and the rest of the world. By the fall of 1937,

Japan had already launched their invasion of China, immediately moving

into Shanghai. The troops then headed over to Nanking, the capital of China.

December 13,1937 marked the start of one the most tumultuous and gruesome acts

of violence know to the history of mankind. Within weeks the Japanese army killed over

300,000 citizens of Nanking through rape, torture, and murders in which the deaths
exceeded that of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki together.


The Japanese had always been intrigued and fascinated by the power and the strength of a sword. This was one of the more efficient ways of killing the Chinese. They found great pleasure seeing the victims look so weak and scared physically kneeling before them.

Some officers even made beheading, a killing contest between themselves.

japanese-chinese-behead.jpeg“I’ve seen all kinds of horrible scenes…


some soldiers were so skillful that they took


care of the business in a way that severed


the head completely but left it hanging by a


thin layer of skin on the victim’s chest, so


that the weight pulled the body down to


the ditch. “(Yin,132)

The Japanese Killing Contests:

The heads lines of the Japanese newsletter read,”Contest

to kill first 100 Chinese with sword extended when both fighters

exceed mark –Mukai scores 106 and Noda 105.”

The killing contest began as a way to “boost morale among the

[Japanese] troops.” (www.cnd.) Sub-lieutenants Toshiaki Mukai and

Takeshi Noda began this competitive game on the base of Nanking’s

Purple Gold Mountain.


The same day Mukai beheaded 89 people

and Noda killed 78. After a while, both men lost count so theyjapanese killing contest

moved up the number to 50 more lives. They even greeted each other by

the following short trade of words:

“Noda: ‘ Hi! My number is 105, what about you?’

Mukai:’106 is my number.’” (Yin, 182)

They both laugh while they head over to the entertainment site to begin the contest once more.

Chinese beheaded by japanese soldiers during wartime executions of the chinese

So what happened to the “Japanese war criminals” - in short - not that much - The leaders were put on trial, most got a few years jail time for the murder of 300,000 +


Seven (7) sentenced to death:

Doihara, General Kenji (1883-1948). Commander, Kwantung Army,
1938-40; Supreme War Council, 1940-43; army commander in
Singapore, 1944-45. Deeply involved in the army’s drug
trafficking in Manchuria. Later ran brutal POW and internee
camps in Malaya, Sumatra, Java and Borneo. Convicted on counts
1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 35, 36, 54.

Hirota, Baron Koki (1878-1948). Ambassador to the Soviet Union,
1928-31; foreign minister, 1933-36; premier, 1936-37. Was
foreign minister during the Rape of Nanking and other atrocities
perpetrated by the army. As premier, he led his cabinet in
planning the invasions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific
islands, in addition to continuing the undeclared war against
China. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 55.

Itagaki, General Seishiro (1885-1948). Chief of staff, Kwantung
Army, 1936-37; minister of war, 1938-39; chief, army general
staff, 1939; commander in Korea, 1941; Supreme War Council,
1943; commander in Singapore, 1945. Troops under his command in
China and elsewhere terrorized prisoners and civilians. Was
responsible for prison camps in Java, Sumatra, Malaya, Borneo
and elsewhere. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 35, 36,

Kimura, General Heitaro (1888-1948). Chief of staff, Kwantung
Army, 1940-41; vice minister of war, 1941-43; Supreme War
Council, 1943; army commander in Burma, 1944-45. Helped plan
the China and Pacific wars, including surprise attacks.
Involved in the brutalization of the Allied POWs and was the
field commander in Burma when civilian and POW slave labor built
and died on the Siam-Burma Railway. Convicted on Counts 1, 27,
29, 31, 32, 54, 55.

Matsui, General Iwane (1878-1948). Personal appointee of the
emperor to the Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932-37;
commander, China Expeditionary Force, 1937-38. Troops under his
overall command were responsible for the Rape of Nanking in 1937
and other atrocities. He retired in 1938 and then ceased to
play an active role in military affairs. Convicted on Count 55.
He was one of 14 Class A war criminals who were secretly
enshrined as “matyrs” at the Yasukuni Shrine, which is dedicated
to Japan’s war dead and is Japan’s most revered Shinto temple.

Muto, General Akira (1892-1948). Vice chief of staff, China
Expeditionary Force, 1937; director, military Affairs Bureau,
1939-42; army commander in Sumatra, 1942-43; army chief of staff
in the Philippines, 1944-45. Troops under his command
participated in both the Rape of Nanking and the Rape of Manila.
Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 54, 55.

Tojo, General Hideki (1884-1948). Chief, Manchurian secret
police, 1935; councillor, Manchurian Affairs Bureau, 1936; chief
of staff, Kwantung Army, 1937-38; vice minister of war, 1938;
minister of war 1940-44; premier, 1941-44. Considered the
arch-criminal of the Pacific War. Tojo assumed full
responsibility for all the actions of his government and the
military during the war. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32,
33, 54.

Sixteen (16) sentenced to life imprisonment:

Araki, General Sadao (1877-1966). Minister of war, 1931-34;
Supreme War Council, 1934-36; minister of education 1938-39;
senior adviser to the cabinet, 1939-40. An early advocate of
Japanese military expansionism. While education minister, he
restructured the Japanese school system along military lines.
Convicted on Counts 1 and 27. Paroled in 1955.

Hashimoto, Colonel Kingoro (1890-1957). Held various commands,
including that of an artillery regiment during the Rape of
Nanking in 1937. Played a major role in staging the Mukden
Incident, which eventually led to war with China. Author of
political books of racist propaganda, he was important in
mobilizing Japanese public opinion behind the Pacific War.
Convicted on Counts 1 and 27. Paroled in 1954.

Hata, Field Marshal Shunroku (1879-1962). Supreme War Council,
1937; commander, China Expeditionary Force, 1938, 1941-44;
minister of war, 1939-40. One of the militarists who planned
the invasion of China in the 1930s. He was in overall command
of troops who perpetrated countless atrocities against Chinese
civilians. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 55. Paroled
in 1954.

Hiranuma, Baron Kiichiro (1867-1952). Privy Council, 1924-39;
founder and president, Kokuhonsha (right-wing patriotic
society), 1926-28; premier, 1938; minister of home affairs,
1940; minister without portfolio, 1940-41; president, Privy
Council, 1945. Convicted on crimes 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 36.

Hoshino, Naoki (1892-1978). Chief of financial affairs,
Manchukuo (Manchuria), 1932-34; director of general affairs
(chief civilian officer), Manchukuo, 1936; minister without
portfolio, 1940-41; chief cabinet secretary, 1941-44. Convicted
on Counts 1, 27, 29, 312, 32. Paroled in 1955.

Kaya, Okinori (1889-1977). Minister of finance, 1937-38,
1941-44; president, North China Development Company, 1939-41.
An early advocate of selling narcotics to the Chinese to finance
the expenses of the occupation forces. Convicted on Counts 1,
27, 29, 31, 32. Paroled in 1955.

Kido, Marquis Koichi (1889-1977). Chief secretary to the lord
keeper of the privy seal, 1930-37; minister of education, 1937;
minister of welfare, 1938; minister of home affairs, 1939; lord
keeper of the privy seal 1940-45. Was Emperor Hirohito’s
closest adviser during the most critical periods of the wars
with China and the Allies. His secret diary, which he kept
during all of his time at or near the seat of power, was the
prosecution’s bible during much of the Tokyo trial. Convicted
on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32. Paroled in 1955.

Koiso, General Kuniaki (1880-1950). Vice minister of war, 1932;
chief of staff, Kwantung Army, 1932-34; army commander in Korea,
1935-38; minister of overseas affairs, 1939; governor-general,
Korea, 1942-44; premier 1944-45. Was known among the Korean
population as “the Tiger of Korea” because of his brutality. As
premier, he was aware of POW death camps. Convicted on Counts
1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 55.

Minami, General Jiro (1874-1955). Minister of war, 1931;
Supreme War Council, 1931-34; commander, Kwantung Army, 1934-36;
governor-general, Korea, 1936-42; privy Council, 1942-45. An
early leader of the army clique that controlled Japan in the
1930s and 1940s. Ruled Japan’s Korean colony with an iron fist.
Convicted on Counts 1 and 27. Paroled in 1945.

Oka, Admiral Takasumi (1890-1973). Chief, Naval Affairs Bureau,
1940-44; vice minister of the navy, 1944. An important
participant in planning the surprise attacks perpetrated by
Japanese naval forces during the second week in December 1941.
Also administered some POW and civilian to shoot survivors of
torpedoed Allied ships. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32.
Paroled in 1954.

Oshima, General Hiroshi (1886-1975). Military attache in
Germany, 1934-38; ambassador to Germany, 1938-39, 1941-45.
Helped forge the Axis Pact with Germany and Italy and was an
intimate of Hilter, Himmler, Goring, and Ribbentrop. Convicted
on Count 1. Paroled in 1955.

Sato, General Kenryo (1895-1975). Section head, then chief,
Military Affairs Bureau, 1942-44; assistant chief of staff,
China Expeditionary Force, 1944; army commander in Indochina,
1945. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32. Paroled in 1956.

Shimada, Admiral Shigetaro (1883-1976). Vice chief of naval
staff, 1935-37; commander, China Fleet, 1940; navy minister,
1941-44; Supreme War Council, 1944. Authorized the naval
surprise attacks in December 1941. Naval units under his
overall command massacred Allied POWs, transported prisoners and
civilian internees aboard hellships, and killed any surviving
crew members of torpedoed Allied ships. Convicted on Counts 1,
27, 29, 31, 32. Paroled in 1955.

Shiratori, Toshio (1887-1949). Director, Information Bureau,
Foreign Ministry, 1929-33; ambassador to Italy, 1938-40; adviser
tot the foreign minister, 1940. A supporter of military
expansionism, he favored an alliance among Germany, Italy the
Soviet Union and Japan to dominate the world. Convicted on
Count 1.

Suzuki, General Teiichi (1888- ). chief, China Affairs Bureau,
1938-41; president, Cabinet Planning Board, and minister without
portfolio, 1941-43; adviser to the cabinet, 1943-44. An early
and active supporter of militarism. Involved in Japan’s drug
trafficking in China and approved the use of POWs and civilians
as slave laborers. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32.
Paroled in 1955.

Umezu, General Yoshijiro (1882-1949). Section chief, general
staff, 1931-34; commander, China Expeditionary Force, 1934; vice
minister of war, 1939-44; army chief of staff, 1944-45.
Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32.

Two sentenced to lesser terms:

Shigemitsu, Mamoru (1887-1957). Ambassador to China, 1931-32;
vice minister of foreign affairs, 1933-36; ambassador to the
Soviet Union, 1936-38; ambassador to Great Britain, 1938-41;
foreign minister, 1943-45. He and General Umezu signed the
instrument of surrender in 1945. Convicted on Counts 27, 29,
31, 32, 33, 55. Sentenced to seven years in prison. Paroled in
1950, he reentered the political arena and was appointed foreign
minister in 1954.

Togo, General Hideki (1884-1948). Ambassador to Germany, 1937;
ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1938; foreign minister, 1941-42,
1945. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32. Sentenced to
twenty years in prison.

(infromation from www.cnd.org/NJMassacre/nj.html)

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Posted by (sic) in (beheadings, middle east executions) on January-3-2008 (51) Comments  Read More

beheaded by sword in Saudi Arabia

The following is an Interview from 2005 with a Saudi Arabian Executioner. First thing I gotta say that even though the images are gruesome andit is a beheading.. This is part of the justice system and is used as a punishment for a crime.

Please do not even compare the beheadings here with the images of the terrorist beheadings in other places on the site.

These executions are for people who got the death penalty.

Now, I for one think it a bit harsh because reading through cases, I have seen that non-death penalty crimes (well by western standards) such as grand theft may sometimes get the ecxecution by beheading sentance. But, to be fair, only an idiot would commit crimes in a country that has such harsh punishments as romoval of limbs or your head.

Also some talk about this form of justice and due process came under fire in 2005 over this case:

Saudi State Executed 6 Somalis Outside The Law

The Saudi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia brutally slaughtered like sheep six young Somali men without due process of law in the port city of Jeddah last Friday of April first 2005. The Interior ministry said that the Somalis were caught while in the process of robbery and piracy in which they wanted to seize a Taxi but the Saudi government had failed to produce any hard evidence in this regard or allow the young Somali men to have access to legal representation.

It is not clear what legal procedures or justice system the Saudis had applied because in accordance with Islam, you cannot kill people without due process of law and you cannot certainly execute people on unproven and dubious grounds. In the cases of robbery etc, the death penalty does not apply on Islamic jurisprudence. So it will be interesting to know what justice systems the Saudi state had applied to finish off the young Somalis.

Anyway back to the interview with the Executioner, Beshi

Beshi says his job does not spoil his social life (photo: Arab News)


Saudi Arabia’s leading executioner says he is “very proud to do God’s work” and does not lose sleep over beheading several people in one day.

In a rare interview, Muhammad Saad al-Beshi, 42, told the Saudi daily Arab News that he had executed numerous women, as well as men.

“Despite the fact that I hate violence against women, when it comes to God’s will, I have to carry it out.”
I sleep very well… I live a normal life like everyone else
Muhammad Saad al-Beshi

He expressed indifference about the number of beheadings he was required to carry out. I sleep very well… I live a normal life like everyone else
Muhammad Saad al-Beshi

“It doesn’t matter to me: two, four, 10 - as long as I’m doing God’s will, it doesn’t matter how many people I execute”.

Under the Gulf kingdom’s strict Islamic Sharia laws, the death penalty can be imposed for murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug use.

The Saudi authorities report public executions regularly - and are condemned by Western human rights groups.

Choice of death

Mr Beshi said he sometimes shot dead women convicted under Sharia.

“It depends what they ask me to use. Sometimes they ask me to use a sword and sometimes a gun. But most of the time I use the sword,” he said.
When they get to the execution square, their strength drains away
Muhammad Saad al-Beshi

His job at a prison in Taif, where he had to handcuff and blindfold prisoners facing death, gave him a taste for executions, he told Arab News.

Back in 1998, when he carried out his first execution in Jeddah, he was nervous, because many people were watching. But now he no longer suffers from “stage fright,” he explained.

“The criminal was tied and blindfolded. With one stroke of the sword I severed his head. It rolled metres away,” he said, recalling his first beheading.

“There are many people who faint when they witness an execution. I don’t know why they come and watch if they don’t have the stomach for it,” he said.

“No one is afraid of me. I have a lot of relatives, and many friends at the mosque, and I live a normal life like everyone else. There are no drawbacks for my social life.”

Treasured sword

Beshi trains the next generation of executioners (photo: Arab News)

He is a contented father of seven.

Beshi trains the next generation of executioners (photo: Arab News)

Mr Beshi said his sword was a gift from the government.

He keeps it razor sharp and sometimes his children help him clean it.

“People are amazed how fast it can separate the head from the body,” he said.

Before an execution he visits the victim’s family to seek forgiveness for the criminal, which can lead to the criminal’s life being spared.

“I always have that hope, until the very last minute, and I pray to God to give the criminal a new lease of life.”

Once an execution goes ahead, his only conversation with the prisoner is to tell him or her to recite the “Shahada” - an affirmation of Muslim faith.

“When they get to the execution square, their strength drains away. Then I read the execution order, and at a signal I cut the prisoner’s head off,” he said.


As an experienced executioner, Mr Beshi now trains others for the grim task. He is proud that his son was taken on as an executioner.

Training focuses on how to hold the sword and where to bring the blade down.

Sometimes he also has to carry out amputations of hands or legs.

“I use a special sharp knife, not a sword. When I cut off a hand I cut it from the joint. If it is a leg the authorities specify where it is to be taken off, so I follow that.”


Source BBC

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