Graphic: A Short History of U.S. Capital Punishment

More than 15,000 people have been executed in the United States going back to colonial times. Witches, slaves, pirates and murderers have all been executed by a variety of methods, including gibbeting and being pressed to death. Of late, it is murderers being executed, most commonly by lethal injection. Texas is the state that has used capital punishment the most since 1976.
The National Post takes a look at the history and demographics of the United States’ death penalty.

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